Originally published by KCRA3
STOCKTON, Calif. — Members of a bomb unit on Tuesday were clearing out a Stockton storage unit in connection to a suspect arrested after a chase, crash and an explosive device that was thrown at a church.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said it was searching for explosive material. The business, off Eight Mile Road and Highway 99, was evacuated.
The sheriff’s office said the storage unit in question belongs to one of the suspects charged in connection with the Saturday vandalism at a Stockton church on Alpine Avenue and Delaware Avenue. The explosive device thrown at the church caused minor damage.
Detectives said the damage done to the church could be related to an argument that took place at a celebration of life ceremony.
The suspects, James Towles, 50, and Russell Altheide, 65, were slated to appear in court Tuesday.
On Monday, LiveCopter 3 was over a home in Stockton as the FBI searched it. Authorities say the home was full of bomb-making materials.