Guns, bomb-making material taken from ‘AK-47’ suspect’s home

It does not include details of the improvised-explosive device material that was found other than “IED components.” The inventory list filed with U.S. District Court in Billings on June 27 listed 39 seized items, including computers, books and other documents.
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Gathercole is scheduled to appear in court in Nebraska on Thursday on both a fugitive from justice charge related to the attempted shooting of the Kansas trooper and on the theft charges.

Federal charges related to the bank robberies have not been filed. Last week, San Bernardino County, California, prosecutors said they planned to charge Gathercole with attempted murder of a peace officer for the shooting of a Chino police officer during a 2012 bank robbery.

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The search warrant filed with the court said one explosive device was used in a 2015 bank robbery in Iowa and contained powder, metal pieces and a fuse.

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The suspect typically wore a mask with only his nose and eyes showing and carried an AK-47 rifle with a drum magazine. Authorities believe Gathercole, 39, is the man they call “the AK-47 bandit” who held up at least six banks since 2012 in California, Washington, Idaho, Nebraska and Iowa.

FBI agents seized bomb-making materials, seven guns and ammunition from the Montana home of a man they suspect of carrying out bank robberies in five states, according to an inventory list filed with a federal court.

He declined to discuss Gathercole any further without his client’s permission, other than to say, “He is doing well.”

Authorities say a Montana man accused of shooting at a Kansas state trooper is a bank robber dubbed “the AK-47 bandit” by the FBI. (FBI via AP) This undated image from surveillance video released by the FBI shows the suspect known as the AK-47 Bandit.

Travis Burrows, the FBI’s senior supervisory resident agent in Billings, said a total of seven explosives were found in Gathercole’s home, and a bomb squad detonated them all.


His public defender, Corey Burns, said Wednesday that the preliminary hearing will only determine whether there is probable cause to file those charges, and that Gathercole will not enter a plea.

Gathercole is being held in Lexington, Nebraska, where he is accused of stealing a truck and guns and firing on a Kansas state trooper who was trying to pull him over for a traffic stop last month.
The property seized from Richard Gathercole’s home in Roundup shows that agents also found sheriff’s badges and patches, a sheriff’s vest, an ammunition vest, a military style helmet, an organic chemistry book and material to make identification badges.