Man charged after explosives, guns, counterfeit money machine found in Northeast Philadelphia house

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Anton Rezinikov
Philadelphia Police Department

A 35-year-old man is facing a litany of charges after authorities discovered suspected improvised explosive devices, guns, a counterfeit money machine and drugs earlier this week inside a Northeast Philadelphia house.

Anton Rezinikov, also occasionally spelled Reznikov, is facing 18 counts, including possession or manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, causing a catastrophe and gun charges, according to court documents.

Police obtained a search warrant for a house – used as a rental property – on the 4200 block of Cottman Avenue after officers responded to the area just after 1:15 p.m. Sunday for a report of gunshots, according to the PPD.

Hours later, bomb technicians showed up to remove several devices, eight of which contained “a powdery substance similar in appearance and consistency to known explosive powders, consistent in design and construction to improvised explosive devices,” a police spokesperson said.

Large containers of liquid were also removed from the property while the Fire Department’s hazmat unit monitored the situation, according to authorities.

Investigators also removed an assault rifle with an obliterated serial number, a revolver, a handgun and a bulletproof vest from the house, police said.

The counterfeiting machine was located next to bottles of ink and possibly fake cash, PPD said. “All of those items were secured for further processing by a federal agency,” a police spokesperson added.

In addition, large amounts of suspected marijuana, crystal meth, crack cocaine, mushrooms, heroin and Xanax were confiscated, according to authorities.

Officers, in the driveway, found a Mercedes Benz and a Yamaha motorcycle, both of which had been reported as stolen, police said.

Police have not elaborated further on why Rezinikov may have had the explosives and other weapons, and the District Attorney’s Office did not respond to questions about the case on Wednesday.

The Defender’s Association of Philadelphia, which appears to be representing Rezinikov, did not respond to a request for comment.

He was jailed on $500,000 bail, of which he must pay 10%, though a Nebbia order was issued, which prevents Rezinikov from posting bond until a hearing can determine whether he can pay without using illegitimate money, according to court records.

Rezininkov is prohibited from owning firearms due to prior convictions. He has previously been sentenced to jail time and probation for charges relating to drug dealing, narcotics possession and illegal possession of a firearm in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.