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ATF & police investigating Fort Benning worker

Parrish Edwards (Source: Muscogee Co. Jail) Parrish Edwards (Source: Muscogee Co. Jail)

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  The man police say is a civilian worker on Fort Benning is now at the center of local and federal investigations.

Parrish Edwards, 31, from Phenix City, is facing a felony charge of Possession of a Destructive Device after Phenix City police officials say he was caught with a number of explosives stolen from Fort Benning.

Assistant Chief for the Phenix City Police Department Bobby Casteel says it all started when Edwards was caught stealing a television from the Sam's Club in Columbus. When officers went to his home in the Macintosh Creek subdivision off of Summerville Road in Phenix City, they say Edwards tried to use a flash bang distraction device in an effort to throw officers off and get out of getting arrested.

He was caught and inside his home, Casteel says police found grenades and more of the military-grade flash bang devices.

Officials will not say what Edwards was planning to do with the explosives.

His wife told officers she did not know he had them.

We're told Edwards works for a contract company on the military post but is not a soldier.

The case remains under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Phenix City Police Department. Officials say more charges are possibly pending against Edwards.

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