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"Pack Rat" Keeps Explosive Collection

Father and son plead not guilty to weapons charges



    "Pack Rat" Keeps Explosive Collection
    Police found an arsenal of live weapons in their house. Dad says it's cuz he's a "pack rat."

    When police raided the home of father and son Burl and John Thomas in September, they found an arsenal worthy of a small country.

    One bedroom alone housed more than 30 weapons, including a live military anti-tank rocket launcher, semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols.

    Lake County authorities also found a half-pound of dynamite, blasting caps, detonator cord, 400 grams of marijuana, and 1 ½ ounces of cocaine.

    We can only imagine what their yard sales look like.

    Burl, 56, and John, 24, of Antiochpled not guilty on Thursday to felony weapon and drug charges.

    Their defense? Attorney Joseph Di Nitale said the weapons were of no threat and that Burl Thomas is a "pack rat" who likes to collect weaponry.

    Someone should introduce him to stamp collecting.

    The Thomases are still in jail on $1 million bond and face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

    Matt Bartosik, a "between blogs" blogger, collects his thoughts.