HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A 22-year-old city man is jailed on allegations he was trying to build a bomb.
Shihi Q. Thomas is charged with possessing explosive materials and a firearms offense.
Dauphin County Probation had served a warrant on Thomas and while at his address in the MW Smith Homes on Friday, police said officers found a loaded .22-caliber rifle, body armor, and a duffel bag containing various ammunition.
Thomas was taken into custody and admitted he was trying to create some type of bomb, police said. A criminal complaint does not disclose why he wanted to build a bomb or how he planned to use it.
Smith said Thomas also admitted to having the rifle, a violation of his probation.
The ATF was contacted and took possession of the bomb-making materials, police said.
Thomas was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $100,000 cash bail.
Neighbors told ABC27 News that Thomas would often dress in uniforms like a doctor, police officer, or military member.
This is not Thomas’s first run-in with the law. In the fall of 2014, he was accused of having a gun near Foose Elementary School, forcing the school into a lockdown.
Police say in the summer of 2014, he broke into the city’s vehicle maintenance yard several times. During one of the burglaries, they said he took a police cruiser on a joy ride.