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Sheriff: One of suspects in bombing knew homeowner
Stephen Glosser - photo by Bryan County Sheriff's Department
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Stephen Glosser and Caleb Kinsey.

One of the men allegedly responsible for a Jan. 13 explosion at a Demeries Lake Lane home knew the woman who lived there, authorities said Thursday.

Bryan County Sheriff Mark Crowe said Stephen Glosser, 36, who has a Savannah address, had “some sort” of relationship with the homeowner, who reportedly moved in the day before the explosion. Crowe didn’t release a possible motive nor the extent of the relationship. He also declined to say what type of explosive device was used.

Glosser, along with Caleb Kinsey, 33, were arrested in connection with the incident. Glosser was taken into custody in Savannah by Chatham County Sheriff’s Office on a probation violation while Kinsey turned himself in in Louisiana.

There were no injuries.

 Kinsey is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon while Glosser is charged with possessing, transporting and receiving explosives. Both men could also face federal charges, said Crowe.

He praised the work of the agencies involved in the investigation, which began soon after Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services firefighter arrived at the home in South Bryan and determined that explosion was intentional. That led Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell to call in the state Fire Marshal’s Office and authorities also contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Crowe said.

Crowe also gave a timeline of Bryan County’s involvement in the incident, which began when the homeowner’s mother called Bryan County 911 shortly after 5 a.m. to report her daughter had called her about the explosion.

Units from Bryan County Fire and Emergency Service and Bryan County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the home within minutes.  

Investigation showed a crater around 2 foot wide and 2 foot deep in the driveway near the door, Crowe said.

A Bryan County Sheriff’s Office initial incident report said the homeowner, Larissa Apperson, had just moved into the home Jan. 12, told BCSO she was in her bedroom at some point between 4-5 a.m. when she “heard a huge bang, which she described sounding like a gunshot,” and “felt like something exploded.”

The woman, who moved to Bryan County from California, said she immediately got her dog and went to get her daughter, who had been sleeping in the living room.

Crowe said Thursday the community in Demeries Lake rallied behind the homeowner.

“We’ve got good people living in Bryan County and the Richmond Hill area,” he said, calling the attack both “sinister” and “heinous.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this ever in all my 26 years in law enforcement,” Crowe  said, noting that the damage he saw from the explosion reminded him of the aftermath from the April 6 tornado that destroyed a number of homes and buildings and killed one person in North Bryan.

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A house on Demeries Lake Lane in South Bryan exploded Friday, Jan. 13, 2023.
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