An 18-year-old Prineville man was arrested for allegedly breaking into the Ochoco Ranger Station and stealing explosives.

Kaden Michael Bernard is being held in the Crook County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief and other charges.

On Sept. 21, Bernard allegedly used bolt cutters and a power saw to illegally enter the Ochoco Ranger Station warehouse on state Highway 42, according to his indictment in Crook County Circuit Court. Inside, he allegedly stole blasting caps, an explosive belonging to the U.S. Forest Service, and caused more than $1,000 damage to explosive storage magazines.

Bernard was arrested and booked into jail Sept. 22, according the jail website.

He was arraigned Sept. 26. His next court hearing is a pretrial conference Oct. 30.

The Forest Service maintains a blasting program for tree removal and trail and road maintenance, according to USFS Spokesman Patrick Lair.

“They are kept secured and monitored,” Lair said.

USFS Ranger Stations in the Rocky Mountain region occasionally use dynamite to dispose of grizzly or horse carcasses, Lair said.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325, gandrews@bendbulletin.com

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