Neighbors of a Kearney man accused of making and selling bombs out of his house are speaking out as new details emerge in a case that has shocked a community.
Daniel Sindt, 43, was arrested last Wednesday after his estranged wife tipped off police, saying her husband was even getting help making the explosives from their two 6-year-old twin sons, who live with Sindt while the couple goes through what she calls "a messy divorce."
Roberta Sindt Originally went to police because she thought her husband was stealing her medication, but what authorities found during their investigation was something much more disturbing -- homemade bombs being manufactured and sold in large quantities, according to court records -- right in the middle of a quiet, seemingly safe neighborhood.
Bomb squad technicians seized numerous bomb–making materials from Daniel Sindt's home at 1103 Ave. B Wednesday, including an active device that authorities say contained ten times the level of explosives needed to meet their standard.
Neighbors of the family say they're shocked.
"He's a very nice guy. I never imagined him doing anything like this," neighbor Deborah Stock said. "Every time I say 'hi' to him, I go talk to him, and he was a very nice person. I just can't imagine him doing anything like this."
"That disturbs me because the system is supposed to help us with that," neighbor Jamie Zeckser said, "And when you have people having their kids help you make bombs, what does that say about our society today?"
According to court documents, police have heard the explosions before and have tried, unsuccessfully, to locate the source of them.
Neighbors say they've heard it, too.
"I'd hear firecrackers — sounded like firecrackers somewhere — but I just didn't know what it was," Stock said.
"I've heard my neighbors say they've heard things," Zeckser said.
And now a community is on edge, after Sindt posted a $5,000 bond last Thursday and was released from jail.
"I hope it's not me he's going after. That's what I'm worried about," Stock said.
"That is just disturbing because I think if somebody is making bombs, obviously they are going to use them," Zeckser said. "They need to be in jail without bond."
Sindt, who owns Kearney Cab, is charged with possession of a destructive device and unlawful possession of explosives — both Class 4 felonies.
He is set to make his first court appearance on Dec. 20.