St. Charles County man stole explosives for 'end of the world,' officials say ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 01/31/2009 http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/ne...BE8E712389A2D0108625754F000D76C2?OpenDocument St. Louis — A man charged in the theft of more than 50 pounds of explosives from a police range near Weldon Spring was preparing for the "end of the world," federal court documents say. Ryan D. Webster, 22, of the 100 block of Margaux Court, near St. Charles, was charged with possessing stolen explosives and was arrested Thursday night at an undisclosed grocery where he worked, officials said. Webster was an honor roll student who graduated from St. Charles High School and appears to have no arrest record. Officials offered no explanation for exactly what he intended to do. On Friday, federal agents searched the dwelling Webster shared with two housemates, while bomb squad trucks waited outside. Jeff Fulton, assistant special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in St. Louis, declined to comment on whether all the explosives were recovered. He did say, "The public should not be concerned." Fulton also said, "He may or may not have done it alone, but we'll find out." An affidavit filed in federal court in St. Louis quotes an unnamed acquaintance calling Webster "overly interested" in explosives and possessing numerous firearms. The acquaintance also said Webster was preparing for the world to end in 2012, a date some say is predicted by the Mayan calendar. The affidavit was signed by ATF Special Agent David Whittaker. The acquaintance told agents he saw Webster fire a silenced AK-47 rifle Wednesday and had seen explosives in Webster's home, including tear gas grenades and six blocks of C-4 explosive. Between June 3 and 12, 2007, someone cut a fence, broke into a van and cut locks on a Dumpster-size explosives magazine at the St. Charles County Law Enforcement Training Center, 1835 South Highway 94. The 13 missing C-4 blocks and other blasting materials were for use by the county bomb squad and FBI in training and disarming bombs. A laptop computer and video camera also were taken. The affidavit says Webster paid the acquaintance $500 to dig a hole to stash some of the material, which agents recovered. Federal prosecutors asked that Webster be held until trial. In court Friday in a blue T-shirt and jeans, he bounced nervously on his feet as U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Ann Medler told him to get a lawyer before his next appearance Monday. "I haven't even had a phone call yet, ma'am," Webster responded, adding that he did not know if his father would pay for counsel. His family could not be reached for comment. Fulton credited St. Peters police for providing a key break. That was extra work Officer Dave Beckman devoted to an unrelated arrest Wednesday, according to a department spokeswoman.