WSB has learned details about the allegations facing a Cobb County man whose arrest led authorities to evacuate part of his subdivision when an apparent homemade explosive was found.
Arrest warrants tie Brent Christopher Allsup’s false statement and theft by taking charges to his job as a financial analyst at Quikrete.
The warrant Cobb County Sheriff’s Office swore out before a magistrate judge on July 9, 2018, alleges that when his position was terminated in late February, Allsup used the power of attorney he held in his role of buying and selling company vehicles to sign a title for a white 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe over from the company to himself.
"Said accused did sign a vehicle title, as seller and purchaser, using his Limited Power of Attorney, and deliver it to a Department of Motor Vehicles to transfer a vehicle from Quikrete to himself for personal use after his termination from employment on 02/21/2018," the warrant reads. "There was no authority to do this."
Tuesday morning, Acworth families spent hours evacuated from their homes while a bomb squad got to work on their block. Cobb Sheriff's investigators arrived on Zachary Court around 7:30 a.m. to arrest Allsup on the theft and false statement charges. As deputies took him into custody and took inventory of the 2017 Tahoe which they also came to seize, they spotted what looked like a bomb.
“It was described as a plastic PVC pipe with a cap on the end, with the wires out of it,” Cobb Sheriff's spokesman Glenn Daniel told WSB Radio’s Veronica Waters.
Daniel says investigators immediately cleared the area and called in the Cobb County Police Bomb Squad. Officers neutralized the device and took it to a different location to assess whether it was explosive. Families in the subdivision were evacuated for about five hours.
Allsup resigned his part-time professorship at Kennesaw State University last October after he was found passed out with an open container of beer in the student center; he blamed his condition on a medication mix-up. Assorted pills were found in his truck.
Allsup is jailed in Cobb County. The bond on the theft and false statement charges is $55,000. Allsup is also facing additional charges related to the explosive in the Tahoe.