Police Chief Chris Lucco says city police officers and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at 20 Mechanic Street speaking with 44-year-old Eric Cramer when they could see what appeared to be multiple items that could be used for making an explosive device.
Officers secured the apartment, evacuated the building and called the Erie Bomb Squad. Police also searched a storage locker leased by Cramer and found several items that could be used to build and/or detonate an explosive device, as well as detailed notes on how to manufacture such a device, Lucco said.
At 10:45 Monday night Cramer was arraigned by District Judge David Engman on felony charges of unlawful possession or manufacture of weapons of mass destruction and causing a catastrophe and sent to McKean County Jail on $300,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Lucco thanked the McKean County District Attorney's Office, Foster Township Police, the Erie and Pittsburgh offices of ATF and City of Erie Police.
Back in 2011 Cramer put a GPS tracking device on a woman’s car and was following her with an explosive device in his pickup truck. Although he claimed it was a large firework he pleaded guilty to possessing explosives and stalking.
He was sentenced to 154 days in jail and three years’ probation.