Man Accused of Driving Stolen Van Onto San Onofre Scheduled to be Arraigned

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VISTA (CNS) - Arraignment was rescheduled today to Friday for a man accused of driving a stolen van onto the grounds of the now-idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and claiming to have explosives in the vehicle.

Erik Jon Norman, 27, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, with bail set at $25,000.

Sheriff's deputies went to the nuclear station around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday after security officers reported that Norman drove a white delivery van past the entrance gate and into a restricted parking lot, said Sgt. Pamela Wotkyns. The security guards quickly detained Norman, who allegedly told them the van contained electronic equipment and “possible explosives.''

The sheriff's department's bomb/arson unit was called to the scene but determined the van contained no explosives, only standard shipping parcels.

Deputies later discovered the van had been reported stolen earlier in the day from Oceanside and arrested Norman.

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