Update- Oskaloosa police: Man took homemade bomb into Walmart

Jeremy Alan Barton, 30, of Oskaloosa/Mahaska County Jail

Update- The Oskaloosa man arrested with a bomb at a local Walmart will make his first court appearance on April 25.

Jeremy Alan Barton, 30, is facing several felony charges after his arrest on Sunday.

Court records show that he hasn't entered a plea. He is being held on a $47,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Mahaska County Courthouse.


The Oskaloosa Police Department found a man in possession of a homemade bomb at Walmart Sunday afternoon.

According to a press release issued by the department Monday, authorities received a report of a theft at the store on A Avenue West just before 1 p.m.

Police learned that Jeremy Alan Barton, 30, of Oskaloosa, was recently involved in several theft cases at Walmart.

Arresting officers searched Barton's belongings and found a cylindrical object wrapped in black tape.

The item was later determined to be a homemade explosive device.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office was asked to respond and properly dispose of the bomb.

Barton was taken to the Mahaska County Jail where he remains in custody on $47,000 bond.

Barton is charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct, Unauthorized Possession of Offensive Weapons, Possession of Offensive Weapons as a Felon, three counts of Third-Degree Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Carrying Weapons, Possession of Incendiary or an Explosive Device, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of Criminal Trespassing.

If convicted as charged, Barton could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

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