PALMDALE — Three military hand grenades turned up in the back seat of a car stopped for a speeding violation in Palmdale, prompting sheriff's deputies to arrest the driver on suspicion of possession of explosive materials.
The driver, Thomas Laconde, 28, of Leona Valley, remained in the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Station jail Friday in lieu of $150,000 bail. Investigators said they plan to ask a prosecutor to file criminal charges Monday.
The grenades were discovered Thursday morning when a deputy stopped Laconde's car for traveling too fast on Avenue R at 20th Street East, deputies said.
"One of them was just sitting in plain view in the back, on top of something that looked like a tool box," said Deputy Jim Gonzales, an arson-explosives investigator who was summoned to the scene.