On Monday, December 4, at 7 p.m., a Georgia State Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Ranger pickup truck at the Circle K store located on Ga. Highway 136 (Main Street) in Trenton.
During the course of the stop, the trooper located three homemade explosive devices inside the vehicle. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Dade County Sheriff’s Department, and the Trenton Police Department were alerted and all agencies initiated a joint investigation.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Robert C. York, 56, and the passenger was Teshina R. Bates, 36, both of Trenton. A search warrant was later obtained for York’s residence at 35 PeeWee Street in Trenton. The search found ten more homemade explosive devices inside the residence. The devices were transported to a secure location and were destroyed.
York and Bates were arrested and charged with 13 counts of possessing, transporting, receiving explosives or destructive devices with intent to kill, injure, or intimidate individuals or destroy public buildings.
Anyone with information on the case should call the GBI office in Calhoun at 706-624-1424, Dade County Sheriff’s Office at 706-657-3233, or the Trenton Police Department at 706-657-4167.