by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Turns out Kirk is the Detachment Commandant of Boston Police’s Marine Corps League
He was arrested after said wife was “going through his things” at the home they had shared up until recently when she and her son apparently found military grade high explosives, det cord, blasting caps, grenades and multiple types of military-grade ammunition in a shed in the back yard.
Merriks was released on a thousand dollar bail. Most DUI suspects have to pay more than that. Why so low in a town reeling from the Boston bombings?
Of course, there is a twist to the plot. His wife’s son just returned from a tour of duty. I wonder what his specialty was?
“Boston police Officer Kirk D. Merricks is facing charges of illegal possession of explosives, including four grenades, after Plymouth police said they found the devices in the home he formerly shared with his now-estranged wife.
Merricks, 42, appeared in Plymouth District Court, where he was released on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty Friday to 11 explosives possession charges, along with four counts of receiving stolen property and one count of possession of ammunition.
During the arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Matt Ghiloni said it is “unclear where he obtained these military quality explosives.” Boston Globe
Merricks is a member of the Boston PD and as luck would have it, he is assigned to the downtown area of Boston, near where the Boston bombings took place.
Apparently the wife found the explosives and called the police. With a public record already created and the Boston PD on edge after the bombings, they couldn’t very well ignore the call, so while Merricks was on duty, his home and the shed were searched. He was arrested while in uniform.
“According to an incident report filed in court, Robin Merricks contacted police on Thursday afternoon after she found what she feared were explosives in parts of the house and in a shed at the couple’s home on Paddington Way.” Boston Globe
Did the estranged wife find this stuff while away from her son and call the police assuming it was her husband’s? Did the two of them set up the husband in order to benefit from a divorce settlement?
The “spin” is that since the general public has no way to obtain military grade explosives, the police spokesman said they must be stolen. Stolen from what? How would he have access to military grade explosives and ammunition even as a cop?
Here’s the twist…
“They are obviously not anything that civilians should possess,’’ Botieri said. “We believe it’s all stolen. It’s not something you can go out and buy without the correct permits.’’
Merricks’s lawyer, Eric Goldman, said in court that there was no evidence linking the explosives to his client and suggested they may belong to the son of his estranged wife.
The son recently returned from a military tour of duty. Boston Globe
Did the wife find this and the son feign ignorance of it? I would really LOVE to know what the wife’s son did during his tour of duty. Was he a demolition specialist?
The items found are very specific. It’s not like he just had some C-4 and nothing else. This cache was a complete set-up from blasting caps to det cord to high explosives and apparently enough military grade ammo to facilitate a get-away or an entry after the explosion.
It’s a very interesting situation. Not sure if it leads back to the marathon bombing or not. I doubt they would have used military grade high explosives for the event because it’s very easy to track the residue back to that material, but still, very interesting none-the-less.