2 Twentynine Palms Marines Held After Redondo Beach Bomb Scare

NCIS is investigating how ten explosive training aids ended up in the parking lot of a Redondo Beach Mall. Early reports of the explosives coming from Camp Pendleton appear to be incorrect.

Update: 2:17 a.m. Friday.

Two active-duty military members have been taken into police custody in connection with  suspicious devices found inside a pickup truck in a Redondo Beach parking lot.

Devin Gajewski, 24, and Thomas Bazer, 20, were arrested. The two are active duty Marines stationed at Twentynine Palms. Early reports of the explosives coming from Camp Pendleton appear to be incorrect.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad used a robot to investigate the truck, which contained a military training device called a stun grenade that can be used to simulate artillery shells, police said.

Redondo Beach Police Capt. Jeff Hink said the department received a call shortly after 8 p.m. from the U.S. Military with a detailed description of a white Dodge pickup truck in the area that may be carrying explosives.

Officers found the truck in the parking lot. The two active-duty Marines—who were wearing civilian clothes—were standing next to the truck and were "detained without incident," Hink said.

Hink said he didn't know why the men were in Redondo Beach; however, he said that it didn't appear to have anything to do with the neighboring , which closed at 9 p.m. Target, Living Spaces, Sprouts and Nordstrom Rack were evacuated. A blast perimeter was also set up.

Redondo police impounded the pickup truck. It wasn't immediately clear who it belonged to. Police Sgt. Scott Weibel said the truck would be handed over to the military as evidence.

"The whole investigation will be turned over to military authorities, and they'll handle it from here," Redondo Police Sgt. Scott Weibel said.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating.

City News Service contributed to this report.

kristain April 06, 2012 at 06:32 AM
I live a couple blocks away and its scary. There not really showing much on t.v. and it's killing me I want to know if they figured out what going on yet. Anybody know?
Daniel Woolfolk April 06, 2012 at 07:08 AM
yes, we just updated. Two in custody and the military is investigating.
None ya bussinuss April 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I know one of these guys personally an its very iritatiing that the media is making this more then it is, an making him sound like a douche.. only believe part of what you hear people
Things I Learned April 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Media coverage is making the guy with military stun grenades in his pickup sound like a douche.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I'm working on a followup story about the incident, and I'd like to hear what you have to say about your acquaintance. It sounds as though the Marines just didn't realize what a serious situation it was. Please send me an email at redondobeach@patch.com.
Komfort April 06, 2012 at 08:30 PM
New media??
Danielle Payne April 06, 2012 at 10:01 PM
If your an off duty marine or even on duty why are you taking military devices in civilian areas or surroundings?! I was there last night evacuating people ...sounds to me like a plan went wrong for a robbery which failed or an act redemption against our government maybe some type of hostage stand off situation
Batman April 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
They probably planned to have some fun with these grenades out in the desert. I know law enforcement people who have done similar things, but didn't get caught.
None ya bussinuss April 07, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Done but as I stated in my email please do not release or use any of what I wrote an my thoughts in any news do not share ofr release in a story or to officials or news, It is for your eyes only thanks.
Libi Uremovic April 07, 2012 at 01:26 AM
they probably just planned on blowing up mailboxes along the way to l.a.... ....kid's stuff....
Liz Stytle April 07, 2012 at 01:55 AM
so true! i also know 1 of them and the media is blowing the situation out of proportion!
None ya bussinuss April 07, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Liz witch guy do you know?? I'm just wondering if it's the same as me lol
Liz Stytle April 07, 2012 at 11:23 PM
None ya Businuss: i know Devin...wbu?
None ya bussinuss April 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Liz I know Devin Too, I have known him well over Three years now, :) it just really is annoying some of the comments I've read about him are nothing like him. :/
Liz Stytle April 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
yea i kno! everybody is making them out 2b monsters & it makes me sick to think that some1 who doesnt even kno them could look @ them & say the things they are saying! Devin is a really sweet guy & people that don't know him personally should keep there opinions to themselves! just sayin!
Dave kwil-jerngan April 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I know that guy in the suit from Huntsville. He go out.
None ya bussinuss April 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Girl Trust me I understand!! I was talking to Devin last night about some stuff I am going through an he is ALWAYS their for those he cares about I read on one site they were like " these two are a couple of knuckle heads who should have never wore the uniform an need to be locked up" I was like OMG you don't even know him, I bet the media hasn't said nothing about his tour overseas an what he went through, but they can say stuff like this an make him seem like you said a monster, It really just is sick people do stuff like this, I mean for real have some decent in you an have some Respect! an you hit Devin head on he is Really sweet, He actually I tell him all the time has a heart made of gold!! :)


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