Bomb-making suspect had a long history of run-ins with the law

Credit: Garden City Police

Bruce Loggins, Jr., is considered armed and dangerous.

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by Edgar Linares
Idaho's NewsChannel 7

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 26 at 10:39 AM

MOUNTAIN HOME -- The man accused of making bombs, stealing a car, leading police on a high-speed chase, and putting many lives in danger went before a judge Thursday morning.

The attorney for Bruce Loggins, 37, asked Judge David Epis for a bond reduction.  Epis denied the request and Loggins remains in the Elmore County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Authorities say Bruce Eugene Loggins, Jr., has a long criminal history.

He broke the law in three different states and is a fugitive in Canyon County and in the state of Minnesota.

In 1993, Loggins pleaded guilty to 3rd degree motor vehicle theft in Mesa County, Colo.  He did six months of community service through a work release program. 

In 2004, Loggins pleaded guilty to burglary in the 3rd degree in Nobles County, Minn.  He originally pleaded not guilty to 1st degree burglary. He served 60 days in jail and was released on parole. In February 2007, a fugitive warrant was issued for violating that parole.

In March 2006, Loggins was arrested for possession of controlled substance in Nampa, Idaho. According to a Canyon County prosecutor, Loggins pleaded guilty to the charge in 2009 and was scheduled to be sentenced earlier this year. He did not show up for a sentencing hearing and a felony warrant was issued for his arrest.

In March 2009, Loggins was arrested by Parma Police for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Loggins pleaded guilty on Nov. 2009, and was scheduled to be sentenced this February.  Prosecutors say he failed to appear and a $75,000 arrest warrant was issued.

Here is a list of the new charges Loggins is now facing:

In Elmore County: possession of stolen car and possession of bombs or destructive devices.

In Ada County: eluding police, grand theft, illegal possession of a controlled substance, and manufacturing explosive devices.

Garden City detectives say Loggins had threatened the lives of officers and had been researching how to make explosive devices.

What he planned to do with those devices is still not known according to police.

Loggins will be back in court in Elmore County on March 10 for a preliminary hearing.

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