LaPorte County authorities are looking for a man accused of making a large quantity of dynamite wrapped in metal discovered Monday inside his home.
Robert Ofcky, 54, of rural LaPorte County, is charged with possession of an explosive device, a Class C felony, after a LaPorte County magistrate found evidence Tuesday to bring him up on the allegations.
Authorities were not disclosing how many sticks of homemade dynamite wrapped in metal were recovered, but it was a significant amount, officials said.
"Law enforcement was surprised at the quantity," LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said.
The amount of explosives was also enough to call upon the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to be the lead investigating agency in the case.
"They are working on it with our investigators. That's their specialty," LaPorte County Sheriff's Department Detective Sgt. Ron Heeg said.
Officers worked until about 5:30 a.m. clearing the Otis-area home of the explosives, police said.
Police discovered the explosives about 9 p.m. Monday when they were called to Ofcky's home in the 7200 block of West LaPorte County Road 125 North for a domestic disturbance.
Szilagyi said Ofcky was gone when officers showed up and the woman was not injured. They had been arguing and threats were made but things did not become physical, officials said.
Szilagyi said the explosive devices were in the basement and various other locations in the home.
The intent behind the dynamite wrapped in metal was still being investigated, but those devices were capable of greater harm because of the shrapnel that would have been created, he said.
Police were advising people who spot Ofcky not to approach due to the possibility he might be in possession of some of the explosives and to contact authorities immediately.
Ofcky was described as white, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 265 pounds with short brown hair and green eyes.
He has the letters "N A N C Y" tattooed on his left fingers, just below his knuckles, police said.
Ofcky also was last seen driving a gold Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Anyone with information should contact LaPorte County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Kevin Ulam at (219) 326-7700, ext 2556.