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Federal prosecutors are taking over the case against two Vancouver men accused of stealing at least $10,000 worth of explosives from a magazine in Kelso.

The Cowlitz County Superior Court cases against Austin Mowe and Nathanael Willard were dismissed without prejudice on Jan. 31 so federal prosecutors could take over, Cowlitz County Prosecutor Ryan Jurvakainen said Monday.

Mowe and Willard, both 21, were arrested in November after more than 1,000 blasting caps worth $10,000 were stolen in a burglary at property owned by explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel in Kelso. Law enforcement set up a controlled buy with the two, who referred to the burglary as the “Thanksgiving Day Raid,” according to court documents.

They were originally charged in Cowlitz Superior Court with first-degree burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, first-degree trafficking of stolen property, and possessing an explosive without a license, all felonies.

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