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Police: Marines Had 10 Stun Grenades

Target is evacuated and nearby streets are closed as an L.A. County Sheriff's Department bomb squad investigates a suspicious device inside a pickup truck.

Two active-duty Marines were taken into military custody after authorities discovered nearly a dozen stun grenades in the pickup they were driving, according to the .

Devin Gajewski, 24, and Thomas Bazer, 20, both stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, admitted to having explosive devices in the pickup, Redondo Police Capt. Jeff Hink said in a news release.

Redondo police discovered and detained the men after receiving a tip shortly after 8 p.m. from the U.S. Marine Corps that two Marines were driving a white Dodge pickup carrying military explosives in Redondo Beach, Hink said. A blast perimeter was set up around the truck, which was found parked in the lot in front of the in the South Bay Marketplace. The two Marines, clad in their civilian clothes, were standing next to the truck when police arrived.

Police also ordered the evacuation of Living Spaces, a nearby , and , and notified the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad.

The bomb squad used a robot to investigate the truck, which contained 10 stun grenades, police said. The stun grenades—which are similar to “flash-bang” devices used by law enforcement—are used by the military during training scenarios to simulate artillery fire and explosions, Hink said.

Agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service took custody of Gajewski and Bazer, and will investigate why they were driving a truck with stun grenades in Redondo Beach.

Redondo Beach Police impounded the truck and planned to hand it over to NCIS. The LASD took possession of the stun grenades.

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

Early reports from Fox 11 said personnel from Camp Pendleton were headed to the site to determine if ordnance from the Marine base was inside the truck.

Lily T. Last April 06, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I got HM about 30mins ago and I see helicopters circling the air, I am definitely wondering what is going on... I hope nobody is hurt.
leslie glass April 06, 2012 at 05:53 AM
yes i see them too. i called the police dept. but they said they didnt have any info. they've been hovering for the last 30 mins or so.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 09:30 AM
I don't think anybody was hurt, but the two Marines who were driving the truck with the stun grenades were taken into custody.
Withheld April 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I think it's pathetic that the RBDP tells people it has no information on why 4 helicopters are hovering over their neighborhood. They know. Several years ago, in the same area, I was told the same thing about twice that many helicopters hovering and circling the area at night. After chiding them about their ignorance of what was obviously a police action, they admitted that they were looking for people involved in some violent crime up on Atresia.
Lily T. Last April 06, 2012 at 05:08 PM
OMGsh! Why woud two young Marines have that to begin with? I sure hope they get investigated. Sometimes the young kids who enlist are already screwed up from family problems, so they go to get away from it, hoping to make a better life for themselves. But if their minds are already weak when then they come back, on a break or family visit, thay might still be holding on to anger or resentment of a sort, they bring "gifts" to show off or to display their manliness. Who knows, I'm just speculating here. But we all know how many of our men are distraut. This isn't Iraq but they bring the memories of training and being on the field with them. I am almost certain there was no reason for them to have had such dangerous weapons riding around in their truck as if they were on a mission to protect anything. The big question here, is how'd they get permission to have those weapons, or how'd they get access to retrive from a base where they should be secured? Hmmmmm, that is distconcerting and worrisome to me. Just my opinion. Lily
Andrea Phillips April 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM
you all know what happen years ago in San Diego when this marine also took a big thank machine ?
Missy O'Linn April 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I love the blogs complaining about PD not answering questions of people that call in during an emergency to ask what's going on? Why are there helicopters flying over my neighborhood? Of course the thing we need is for emergency personnel to be answering a bizillion curiosity calls during an emergency!  Same folks that have to slow down to a stop to look at an accident scene - cuz they have a  need to know.  Ask yourself - are you part of the solution or part of the problem?
devildog January 27, 2013 at 03:11 AM
In this world we are surrounded by stupid people and yeah those two had their heads up their ass for taking those explosives off base...I hope they get kicked out of my marine corps we don't need them. But as a marine who is also a police officer I would like you to not generalize us all for the mistake of two. We aren't weak minded, if we were we wouldn't be able to do the things you're to scared to do. We don't think we are manly because we are the most elite fighting force on this planet. We are proud to defend this great country, So next time any of you want to judge your troops remember that there are way more of us who would give their life for you in some strange land then the small percent of knuckleheads that don't belong with us.

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