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Police seize weapons stockpile in Taunton

A Taunton military veteran is facing charges of stockpiling weapons after police seized homemade explosives, several firearms, and a slew of other dangerous items from his apartment, according to court records.

Devin Tellier, 28, is expected in Taunton District Court Friday for a dangerousness hearing.

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He is charged with possession of an explosive device, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of fireworks, and receiving a stolen firearm, according to documents filed in Taunton District Court.

Police obtained a search warrant and arrested Tellier without incident in his apartment about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Tellier cooperated with police, telling them where the weapons were, according to the documents.

Police seized two rifles, three pistols, a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition, body armor vests, two coils of booby trap wire, a manual on setting booby traps, four double-edged knives, a single-edge knife, a bag of fireworks, two homemade explosive devices, a pipe bomb, a crossbow, and crossbow darts.

Tellier was arraigned at Taunton District Court that day, Lisa Rowell, a Bristol County District Attorney spokeswoman said yesterday. He is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which was scheduled for Friday but postponed a week at the request of Tellier’s attorney, Rowell said.

Tellier admitted to stealing a 40-caliber pistol, one of the weapons seized, from a location in Connecticut, according to court records. He has a firearm license, according to the records.

Rowell confirmed that Tellier is a veteran but she declined to provide more details, including what branch of the military he served with.

Taunton police deferred comment to the district attorney.

Tellier had a shoulder disability from a combat injury, said Richard Vadala, who lives a floor below him in an apartment building at 8 Blinns Court.

Vadala, 42, said in a brief phone interview today that Tellier has lived in the apartment for two years and recently took in a cat he had rescued. Animal control has taken custody of the cat, Vadala said.

“He didn’t seem violent. He handles himself well,” Vadala said. “I wonder if it was something going on and it took him two years to compile, or if it happened quickly.”

Christopher J. Girard can be reached at chrisjgirard@gmail.com.
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