Teen guilty in pipe bomb case
September 18, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Rifle teenager charged with possessing a pipe bomb in fall 2008 pleaded guilty to that charge Thursday in Garfield County District Court.
Scott Stricklan, 19, pleaded guilty to possession of an explosive or incendiary device, a class four felony.
Stricklan was arrested on Nov. 8, 2008, after an employee at Rollin Audio told Glenwood Springs police that workers had discovered what they thought was a pipe bomb in Stricklan’s car while they installed speakers. He was arrested after going to Rollin Audio to check on the progress of his vehicle.
When he arrived, police were waiting.
Glenwood Springs officers evacuated Rollin Audio, nearby Blockbuster Video and Wal-Mart’s south parking lot. A Grand Junction hazardous device response team was called in to defuse the device.
According to the arrest affidavit, Stricklan told police during questioning that he built the pipe bomb out of “boredom” because “there is nothing else to do in Rifle.”
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The report stated that Stricklan told police that he had also built and detonated another pipe bomb near the Rifle Gap Reservoir just weeks before his arrest.
The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office charged Stricklan with two counts of possession of explosives and reckless endangerment.
After his arrest, local authorities in coordination with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the FBI acquired a search warrant for Stricklan’s house in Rifle.
During the search, authorities allegedly found $3,300 in cash, more than an ounce of marijuana separated into different bags, plus around four bags with about 5 grams each of psilocybin mushrooms, according to the arrest affidavit. Police said they also found Valium, three marijuana grinders, five bongs, eight pipes, 13 packages of rolling paper and a digital scale.
Stricklan was charged in a separate case with possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of prescription medication, among other charges.
According to court clerk officials, Stricklan has yet to enter a plea in the drug related case.
In both cases, Stricklan was charged with six felonies.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5 in the explosives case.