Police find bombs in Caldwell man's home

41-year-old Troy Thomas Hinkle


by Scott Evans and KTVB.COM

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Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:05 PM

CALDWELL – A Caldwell man is in jail after police report finding several small improvised explosive devices inside his home.

Officers with the Boise and Caldwell police departments found the explosives during a  search and arrest warrant served on 41-year-old Troy Thomas Hinkle.

Hinkle was wanted out of Boise for grand theft and burglary.

According to reports, officers with the two agencies arrived at Hinkle’s home on West Walnut Street in Caldwell at approximately 5:15 p.m. Thursday. The location is near the intersection of West Linden Street and South Kimball Avenue, very near the West Valley Medical Center.

Caldwell’s Tactical Response Team was on scene from the beginning because officers had information of possible weapons inside Hinkle’s home.

Officers made contact with Hinkle who came out of his home and into police custody without incident.


However, once officers got inside his home, they found several small improvised explosive devices. Investigators quickly got out of the home and helped people in neighboring homes evacuate as well.

Officers then called for the Nampa Bomb Squad to take care of the devices and remove them from the home, which they were able to do.

The scene finally cleared around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

In addition to the burglary and grand theft charges, Hinkle now faces a new charge of unlawful possession of bombs or destructive devices.


According to the Boise Police Department, Hinkle is wanted on burglary and grand theft charges out of Ada County.

Police say on May 2, 2013 Hinkle allegedly entered a Boise retail store and returned an empty computer hard drive box in order to obtain a refund. They also say evidence suggests Hinkle had performed the scam more than once.

He's currently in the Canyon County Jail on an Ada County Hold, meaning at some point he will be transferred to Ada County.