Gary Vogt arrested in connection with Glendale pipe bomb explosions

PHOENIX - A federal search warrant in connection with previous pipe bomb incidents was executed at a Phoenix residence on Friday by agents of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs said Explosive Ordinance Experts from the ATF and Glendale Police Department searched a 1998 Suburban in addition to the home, located near 32nd Avenue and Union Hills Drive.

The joint investigation led to the arrest of Gary Vogt, 50.

Three incidents involving an explosive device being placed at a residence near 67th Avenue and Olive have occurred in the last 14 months, according to Coombs.

The previous explosions occurred on September 5 of this year, and in June and July of 2011. All three involved pipe bomb-style improvised explosive devices at the home of Richard and Wanda Gray.

Vogt was arrested for violation of alleged federal explosive laws connected to the Glendale incidents, and appeared at hearing at 2 p.m. in federal court.   He is facing two felony charges, one for making destructive devices, the other for possessing them.  Each count carries a ten year prison sentence.

Vogt walked with a cane and had a portable oxygen tank.  Neighbors near his home tell ABC15 that he just got out of the hospital after a lung surgery.

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