ATF agents raid home, make arrest in Glendale pipe bombing investigation

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by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Christine Harrington

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 6:49 PM

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PHOENIX -- Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Friday raided a home in northwest Phoenix and made an arrest in connection with a series of pipe bombings at a Glendale home.

Officer Tracey Breeden identified the suspect as Gary Vogt. Breeden said Vogt, 50, was scheduled to make his initial appearance in court at 2 p.m.

Explosive Ordinance Experts with both the ATF and the Glendale Police Department served federal search warrants at a home on the 3200 block of West Villa Rita Drive, near 35th Avenue and Union Hills Drive, early Friday morning, Breeden said in a new release.

A white 1998 Chevy Suburban was included in those warrants.

Evidence collected during Friday morning's operation led investigators to Vogt, who was then arrested for alleged violence of federal explosives laws.

Breeden did not elaborate on what investigators found or what led them to the Phoenix home, nor did she disclose the connection between Vogt and the Glendale family that has been targeted three separate times in the past 14 months.

Stay with azfamily.com for updates and tune in to 3TV at 4:30 p.m. for a live report.

It was in the early morning of Sept. 5 when a pipe bomb exploded at a home in Glendale. Investigators said there was actually two bombs placed at the scene.

The detonation was so intense that the second pipe bomb flew through a window of a vacant home across the street. Like a missile, it had so much velocity that it shot across the room, through another wall and was found protruding from the exterior wall on the other side of the house, reported 3TV's Mike Watkiss that afternoon.

Federal agents confirmed that this particular Glendale home was targeted in a similar manner twice last summer. Those investigations never went anywhere.

Investigators did not believe the most recent incident was random, saying they think all three incidents are connected.

The day after the pipe bomb explosion, investigators released photographs from the home's surveillance system that showed what appeared to be a man placing the bombs between two cars parked in the driveway.

ATF officials said the pictures depict a lone individual kneeling down in the victims' driveway between the homeowners' cars. The suspect then initiates the Improvised Explosive Devices by means of a flame and is seen walking back to his SUV parked across the street.

The ATF has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the criminal bombing.

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