The dynamite and blasting caps stolen from City Sand and Gravel in Paradise were not the first losses for the company relating to industrial explosives, according to police.
This afternoon, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary gathered reporters to provide an update on the case of the 25 pounds of missing dynamite, still considered a public safety concern, noting some new information.
An electronic blasting machine — what once would have been the plunger — was stolen in an earlier, unreported incident.
RNC Insp. Brian Dowden said the new information was discovered “in the course of the investigation.” He would not say exactly when the previous theft took place.
The RNC has shown photos of the dynamite to reporters and is in the process of releasing photos of all of the stolen materials.
Dowden said the materials continue to present a threat to public safety — both for the general public and the persons who have the explosives in their possession.
He also said the explosives do not require the blasting caps or blasting machines to be set off.
The explosives are, in this case, bright yellow sticks labelled with a single lot number: JU11J1.
With three to four sticks making up about a pound, Dowden estimated about 70 sticks of dynamite were taken in the latest theft.
Police are asking the public for continued vigilance and urging anyone with information on the thefts to come forward, or supply the information anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
The investigation is continuing.