Three Mahoning County men have been indicted for conspiring to transport explosives that could be used to crack safes.

The U.S. Attorney announced on Wednesday that Frank Michael Susany, Jr., 52, of Boardman, Ohio; Robert Thomas Courtney, Jr., 44, of North Jackson; and James Patrick Quinn, 51, of Youngstown are charged with with receipt and transportation of explosive materials, conspiracy and operation of an apparatus to interfere with the transmission of communications and signals.

Susany, Courtney and Quinn, from February through April 2013, conspired to receive and transport explosive materials that could be used to crack safes at jewelry stores and coin shops, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors allege that Susany, Quinn and Courtney would break into jewelry stores and coin stores to steal valuable items; that the money obtained by selling the stolen items would be used to buy explosive materials; and that once they obtained the explosive materials, they would use the materials to crack safes at other jewelry stores and coin shops in the Youngstown area.  

Investigators say the plans to break into the local businesses never materialized, however Susany allegedly broke into a store in Westlake, Ohio.

On April 19, 2013, Susany allegedly used a device that jammed cellular telephone communications and store alarm systems connected to cellular back-ups to disable a coin store’s alarm system.

According to the indictment, Susany met with a confidential source working for the FBI and recruited the source to buy plastic explosives.