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Following the execution of several search warrants by ATF and FBI agents in the Chicago area Wednesday, two Chicago men face federal charges for the 2003 pipe-bombing of a west suburban Berwyn business.
Authorities say Mark Polchan, 41, and Samuel Volpendesto, 84, both of Oak Brook, are responsible for detonating a pipe-bomb outside a building housing several stores at 6508 W. 16th St. in Berwyn on Feb. 25, 2003, according to a release from the FBI.
The explosion outside the entrance to C & S Coin Operated Amusements, a leasing company for coin-operated vending and video machines, blew out several windows and damaged the interior ceiling of the business, but caused no injuries.
Polchan and Volpendesto are charged with one count each of conspiracy to use an explosive device to damage property, using an explosive device to damage property and using a pipe bomb during a crime of violence. The indictment was returned by a grand jury on Feb. 7, 2008, the release said.
On Wednesday, agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the IRS executed search warrants at Polchan’s home, a pawn shop Polchan owns, Goldberg Jewelers in Cicero, a home in Westchester and three locations identified as Outlaws Motorcycle Club clubhouses in Chicago, Elgin and Kankakee.
The Chicago location of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club is at 3745 W. Division St.
In July 2007, Kyle C. Knight, 44, of Merrillville, Ind. was arrested on federal charges for allegedly providing the explosive materials used in the bomb knowing they would be used to commit a violent crime. Knight has pleaded not guilty and remains in federal custody while his case is pending.
If convicted on all three charges, Polchan and Volpendesto face life in prison, the release said.
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