Yutaka employee arrested in recent bomb threats
A suspect has been arrested in connection with multiple bombs threats made in the past month against Cardington Yutaka Technologies in Cardington.
Acting Cardington Police Chief Robert Huston said Yutaka employee Wesley Basilone is in custoday at the Morrow County Correctional Facility.
“We’ve been investigating this case pretty hard in the last couple of weeks,” said Huston, “and we went to the plant today and spoke with our suspect, and were able to retrieve a full confession.”
An initial charge of inducing panic has been filed by the prosecutor’s office. Huston is seeking eight felony counts citing vandalism and inducing panic, both fourth degree felonies.
“It was a lot of hard work with extra hours put in,” Huston said of the investigation, noting Yutaka officials are happy with the results.
Because a confession was obtained, the forensic evidence and photographs collected with the aid of the Morrow County Sheriff’s office was not used, though it will be helpful in strengthening the case, Huston noted. A felony preliminary hearing was scheduled for today at 1:00 p.m.
Huston credits the sheriff, his deputies and the Franklin County Bomb Squad toward the apprehension of the suspect, but also cites the collection of evidence, working hand in hand with Yutaka supervisors and the work of Cardington officers, particularly Officer Mark Callicoat, as key factors.