Brenton Strobert

Brenton Strobert of DeKalb. (DeKalb County Jail booking photo)

UPDATE:

Police officials in DeKalb say that more "dangerous" materials were found in the storage unit of a DeKalb man who was arrested for Child Pornography on Wednesday.

According to the DeKalb Police Department, a second search was conducted on a storage unit containing items owned by 26-year-old Brenton Strobert of W. Lincoln Highway in the city at around 4:50 p.m. on Friday.

Officials say that the unit is located away from residential neighborhoods, but no address was given in a press release.

Upon a search of Storbert's storage unit, officers allegedly came across more materials that caused concern.

The search was halted while the Kane County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad and the Federal Bureau of Investigations responded to assist.

Upon their arrival, KCSO determined that the material was too dangerous to transport any significant distance. Officials with KCSO also determined that the material needed to be destroyed.

The materials were transported to a remote area in DeKalb, where they destroyed under the supervision of the DeKalb Police Department, FBI, DeKalb Fire Department and the KCSO Bomb Squad.

Our sister station WLBK reported on Thursday that child pornography charges were filed against Strobert, whose apartment was searched on Wednesday. Police said in an initial report that an investigation continues into a suspicious substance that was found in the apartment.

Destruction of the substance caused loud booms that were heard in DeKalb at around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

DeKalb Interim Police Chief John Petragallo says there was no threat to the public as the FBI, ATF and KCSO Bomb Squad supervised the destruction of what he describes as a small amount of a suspicious substance.

He says explosives were added to the substance to destroy it on city-owned property on the city’s eastside.

Petragallo says the substance was found during a search Wednesday morning of the apartment of Strobert in the Lincoln Towers apartment building.

The bomb squad was called, and Petragallo says they determined there was no danger to the immediate area.

DeKalb Police say they found electronic devices in Strobert’s apartment that contained thousands of images of child pornography.

Strobert is charged with ten counts of child pornography and a single count of failure to register as a sex offender.

Police say Strobert is a registered sex predator and didn’t include his employment information when he registered.

DeKalb Police assisted the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in the investigation.

No charges have been filed in connection to the suspicious substances found on Wednesday or Friday.

ORIGINAL:

Our sister station WLBK reports that child pornography charges have been filed against a DeKalb man whose apartment was searched on Wednesday, but police say an investigation continues into a suspicious substance that was found in the apartment.

Destruction of the substance caused loud booms that were heard in DeKalb at around seven Wednesday night.

DeKalb Interim Police Chief John Petragallo says there was no threat to the public as the FBI, ATF and Kane County Bomb Squad supervised the destruction of what he describes as a small amount of a suspicious substance.

He says explosives were added to the substance to destroy it on city-owned property on the city’s eastside.

Petragallo says the substance was found during a search Wednesday morning of the apartment of 26-year-old Brenton Strobert in the Lincoln Towers apartment building on West Lincoln Highway.

The bomb squad was called, and Petragallo says they determined there was no danger to the immediate area.

DeKalb Police say they found electronic devices in Strobert’s apartment that contained thousands of images of child pornography.

Strobert is charged with ten counts of child pornography and a single count of failure to register as a sex offender.

Police say Strobert is a registered sex predator and didn’t include his employment information when he registered.

DeKalb Police assisted the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in the investigation.

No charges have been filed in connection to the suspicious substance. Petragallo says an investigation into the substance is continuing.

Information provided in this report has been obtained from area authorities, including but not limited to local police, fire and emergency dispatch officials. Information is sourced only from official sources of public information unless otherwise stated. Subjects listed who have been charged or cited for crimes have not been proven guilty in court and all acts are alleged.