NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) - Investigators have arrested and charged a 45-year-old man for placing a homemade bomb on an ATM machine in an attempt to blow it open and steal the cash. Thomas Moschella, 45, was arrested Tuesday at his residence in the 16800 block of Brooktondale Ct, in the Villages of Langham Creek neighborhood near West Little York Road and Queenston Boulevard.
The improvised explosive device was discovered at a Wells Fargo Bank at 8808 Spring Cypress Road on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. At approximately 4 a.m., patrol deputies responded to a call for service and caught the suspects in the act. The suspects took off and the sheriff's office was able to dismantle the explosives before they detonated. Today the sheriff's office announced that one of the two suspects has been arrested.
"On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office North District Tactical Unit, Violent Crime Unit, Auto Theft Unit and Bomb Squad served an arrest warrant for Thomas Moschella," said a statement from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
During the investigation, a fingerprint was recovered from the explosive device, and that is how Moschella became a suspect. He is now charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. More than 60 grams of methamphetamine was also seized during the arrest.
Investigators also recovered a 2019 Audi Q8 SUV that was reported stolen to the Houston Police Department. It's believed to be the car used during the crime.