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Marines in Redondo Beach with grenades at Living Spaces triggers NCIS investigation

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The white Ram pickup driven by two Marines contained non-lethal grenades

Two Marines are being investigated by the NCIS after Redondo Beach police found non-lethal stun grenades in a pickup truck 150 miles from their base.

Officers located the white Ram 1500 in the parking lot of the Living Spaces furniture store at 1519 Hawthorne Blvd. after they got a call at 8:10pm Thursday about Marines driving around with explosives.

The call may have come from the two active duty Marines themselves because when two young women approached the men, they knew police were on the way.

"We went up to them, and we were going to tell them 'thank you for supporting our country', and we asked them what's wrong and they told us to get away from them... that something's wrong and we need to leave because the cops are coming," shopper Lisa Williams told KTLA.

Authorities cleared the parking lot and evacuated the nearby Target and Norstrom Rack stores near the Redondo Beach Galleria. Meanwhile the LA County sheriff's bomb squad using a robotic device determined that the grenades were relatively harmless.

"These devices, similar in nature to law enforcement flashbang devices,  are commonly used by the military during training sessions to get soldiers  accustomed to the sound of explosions,''  Capt. Jeff  Hink, of the Redondo Beach Police Department, told NBCLA.

Hink said Devin Gajewski, 24, and Thomas Bazer, 21 were taken into custody by Naval Criminal Investigative Services agents to determine what the Marines were doing in a civilian vehicle more than two hours away from their base. 

 

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