Man charged with possessing Springfield pipe bomb

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 34-year-old man accused of robbing a bank in August has been charged in connection with a pipe bomb found in downtown Springfield in July, authorities said.

Bradford Moss was charged Monday with possession of an explosive or incendiary device and attempted theft. He is accused of trying to blow up an ATM outside a Chase Bank near where the bomb was found, according to the charges. A Secretary of State Police bomb squad disabled the 7-inch PVC pipe bomb with a water cannon before it could detonate.

Moss was already charged with robbing a Marine Bank on Aug. 4. He slipped a teller a note demanding money and implying he was armed before leaving with $2,000, police said.

Authorities received confidential information that led them to conclude Moss was responsible for both crimes, Deputy Police Chief Dan Mounce told the State Journal Register. He declined to elaborate.

The U.S. Marshals Service helped locate Moss in Las Vegas. He is being held in Springfield on $250,000 bond. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.

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