Man arrested after apparent explosive devices, counterfeit machine found inside Philadelphia home

Several weapons and narcotics were also recovered from the home

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Monday, December 4, 2023
Apparent explosive devices, counterfeit machine found inside home in Philadelphia's Mayfair section
A man is in custody after an incident that involved the bomb squad, hazmat unit, police K-9s in Philadelphia's Mayfair section Sunday.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A 35-year-old man is in custody after an incident that involved the bomb squad, hazmat unit, police K-9s and an investigation that stretched from Sunday afternoon into the overnight hours in Philadelphia's Mayfair section.

Police responded to the 4200 block of Cottman Avenue around 1:20 p.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting the sound of gunshots coming from inside a home.

When police arrived, they located Anton Rezinikov inside the residence, as well as multiple firearms. Officers also noticed large jugs filled with a liquid chemical, narcotics, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Anton Rezinikov

Rezinikov, who police say is a convicted felon and barred from owning or possessing firearms, was taken into custody.

Officials also conducted a search warrant of the residence, where they recovered an AR-style rifle with an obliterated serial number, a 357 revolver, a Taurus 9mm and a military-style bulletproof vest. They also recovered a large quantity of drugs, including alleged marijuana, crystal meth, crack cocaine, mushrooms, heroin and Xanax pills.

A machine used to make counterfeit money, as well as bottles of ink and an undetermined amount of money that may be counterfeit were also discovered.

The items were all secured and will be processed by a federal agency, officials said.

The bomb squad was then notified after police said they found a suspicious device that contained eight smaller devices, prompting an evacuation of the residence. The devices and the contents resembled the design and construction of improvised explosive devices, according to a preliminary examination by bomb technicians.

The Philadelphia Fire Department hazmat unit was also called to the house to examine the large containers of liquid. Nearby residents were evacuated and fire officials declared a hazmat situation until the containers were made safe.

Two stolen vehicles, a 2023 Yamaha motorcycle and a Mercedes Benz, were also recovered from the driveway and towed for further investigation, officials said.

The scene cleared by 1 a.m.

Rezinikov is charged with Causing/Risking Catastrophe, Weapons of Mass Destruction - Unlawful Possession or Manufacture and various drug and gun charges. He is additionally charged with two counts of Receiving Stolen Property for two vehicles recovered near the residence that were reported stolen.

The investigation remains active and ongoing with Northeast Detective Division.

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