Dynamite stolen from Norton Commons construction site, authorities offering reward
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Officials are investigating after they say sticks of dynamite were stolen from a construction site in Norton Commons.
Officials say information is key when it comes to figuring out who stole the explosives and they have $5,000 for whoever can lead them to the perpetrators' arrest and conviction.
The Louisville division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the reward Wednesday night.
"Anytime you have that kind of theft in your community, it's going to cause concern," Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said.
The theft was reported Monday night.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said authorities are aggressively investigating.
"We are working with ATF on the investigation and the follow up,” he said.
He answered questions Thursday about whether the public should be worried about attending Thunder over Louisville because of the theft.
"There have been no threats at all, no intelligence at all that indicates any connection between that theft and this event,” he told reporters.
The area where the dynamite was stolen is the north village of Norton Commons.
It's in the early stages of development and there aren't many homes nearby.
The explosives were in a bunker on the property.
Marilyn Osborn Patterson, marketing director for Norton Commons, says the explosives were being used to clear rock to install sewer lines on the property.
“These are very typically used explosives for the type of development we're doing and they were properly stored. They were stored in accordance with federal regulations,” she told WDRB.
Norton Commons is a low-crime area.
“We've never had a theft quite like this,” said Patterson.
She says they've instructed Norton Commons residents to talk to police if they come knocking.
"We'll do anything we can to cooperate with them and I know our neighbors will too,” she said.
"It's more important now than ever when you see something, to say something,” said Chief Conrad.
Anyone with information is asked to call the metro police anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD (-5673) or ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or (502) 753-3400 in Louisville.
Copyright 2015 WDRB News. All rights reserved.