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He was always quiet but the rocket launcher was a ‘little over the top’

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It was hard not to notice the placard on the front door honoring the dad of the house as World’s Greatest Dad.

This was the house at 25150 West Linden Lane where Burl Thomas, 56, and his son, John, 24, were arrested this week after police found an anti-tank rocket launcher, a cache of guns, Nazi and anarchist literature, TNT explosives with blasting caps and detonating cord while conducting a drug investigation. Cocaine and marijuana were also found.

“Thank You For All You’ve Done. I Love You,” said the card stuck inside the screen door. Another sign said, “Is there life after death? Trespass here and find out!”

Neighbors knew something was up because police evacuated the neighborhood Wednesday night.

“There was a police tank, SWAT truck — it was a little weird,” said neighbor Dan Gabriel, whose family was evacuated at 5:30 p.m. They couldn’t return until after 10 p.m.

“He was always quiet and we never had a problem with him,” he said of his neighbors.

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September 7, 2009 - Posted by | Dumb Stuff |


  1. Ever notice how neighbors always say “he/she was always quiet…”

    Comment by Cuz | September 12, 2009

  2. When you have a rocket launcher you don’t have to make a lot of other noise.

    Comment by oldstersview | September 12, 2009

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