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Tom Lundborg was a young person within the late Nineteen Seventies when he labored underneath accused Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner, who was a technician for an alarm firm.Again then, Lundborg’s father owned A.C.E. Alarms, a agency offering business and residential burglar techniques, however was incapacitated in a automotive wreck. That left a younger Lundborg and 20-something “Tony” Warner to run the enterprise, and so they drove to totally different websites to do burglar alarm installations and repair calls.“I labored with Tony as his helper. I sort of appeared as much as him. He was sort of a hippie. Had lengthy hair, a Magnum, P.I. mustache,” Lundborg advised The Day by day Beast. “He was a wise cocky sort of man. I rode round with him all day on daily basis—throughout the summers, at the very least for a pair years.”Conspiracy Theorists Race to Defend Nashville Bomber Anthony Quinn WarnerLundborg stated Warner disliked authority, cherished smoking weed and claimed he’d simply gotten out of the Navy. (It’s unclear whether or not Lundborg was ever within the U.S. Armed Forces, however information present he was arrested for marijuana possession in 1978.)They drove round listening to 103 KDF, beforehand Nashville’s major rock station, and if Warner noticed a police officer, he’d break his silence to lecture the teenage Lundborg.“I hate cops. They’re all corrupt,” Warner would say. “By no means belief a cop.”Lundborg stated he spoke to the FBI about Warner, as authorities attempt to piece collectively a motive for the Christmas Day explosion which injured eight folks and destroyed a number of buildings. Warner, 63, died within the blast.Early that morning, a leisure car registered to Warner detonated after enjoying a recording bearing a grim warning: a bomb would go off in quarter-hour. The RV additionally performed the 1964 hit “Downtown” by Petula Clark, a tune that opens with the phrases, “If you’re alone and life is making you lonely / You possibly can all the time go downtown.”A motive for the bombing stays unclear, although investigators are reportedly wanting into whether or not Warner purchased into conspiracy theories about 5G expertise. Warner parked his RV subsequent to an AT&T constructing earlier than the car detonated.“It does seem that the intent was extra destruction than loss of life. That’s all nonetheless hypothesis at this level as we proceed in our investigation with all of our companions,” David Rausch, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, stated on Monday.Authorities are additionally investigating why Warner, who was single and didn’t seem to have any kids, had transferred two of his properties to Michelle Swing, a 29-year-old music govt in Los Angeles. One of many quitclaim deeds was filed on Nov. 25, whereas the opposite was in 2019.One neighbor, Rick Laude, advised the Related Press that he and Warner chatted days earlier than the bombing, and Laude requested, “Is Santa going to deliver you something good for Christmas?”“Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is rarely going to neglect me,” Warner replied.Police Say Anthony Warner, Suspect in Christmas Nashville Bombing, Died in ExplosionLaude stated he didn’t assume something was unusual about their dialog and that “nothing about this man raised any crimson flags.”In the meantime, one other neighbor, who declined to determine herself, advised a Day by day Beast reporter that when a peacock was roaming round final month, Warner got here out of his home to feed it. “My daughter was telling me that he was like ‘I would like this peacock,’” the neighbor claimed.Warner was identified to have canine, and it’s unclear whether or not additionally they perished within the RV explosion.“I used to be extraordinarily shocked,” Lundborg stated of Warner’s apparently intentional bombing. “You don’t count on anyone you had regular ideas about to do one thing so irregular. My reminiscences of him are very distant, however nonetheless, these have been the reminiscences I had.”“I assume he was mad about one thing. You’d assume he was, to do what he did,” added Lundborg, whose household safety enterprise is now known as Symspire.Warner was the elder Lundborg’s sole technician, and so they labored out of the Lundborg household residence in Antioch, Tennessee, the place Warner went to highschool.“He was slightly man, the silent sort, however nice-looking to women,” Lundborg stated. “My dad would go to dive bars with him. He was fashionable with the females in there, you may simply inform. He didn’t flirt lots, however you may inform they appreciated him.” Lundborg stated Warner had a girlfriend on the time.Lundborg stated Warner “betrayed” his dad and mom and began his personal alarm firm, taking an A.C.E. shopper or two with him. However the enterprise foundered, Lundborg stated, as a result of “he didn’t have the character” to cope with clients.The final time Lundborg noticed Warner was in 2007, when the technician dealt with IT work for a Chevrolet dealership in Downtown Nashville.However most not too long ago, Warner was dealing with expertise for Fridrich & Clark Realty. The enterprise’s proprietor, Steve Fridrich, stated he employed Warner 4 or 5 years in the past as an unbiased contractor, and that Warner repaired the agency’s computer systems and arrange machines for brand spanking new staff.Fridrich stated Warner had different purchasers within the space however he didn’t know their names.“Tony Warner has by no means been an worker of our firm however sometimes got here to our workplace to service our computer systems. Earlier this month, he suggested us that he was retiring and Fridrich & Clark has not had any contact with him since that point,” Fridrich stated in a textual content message.“Upon studying that Tony is a suspect within the bombing on 2nd Avenue on Christmas morning, Fridrich & Clark notified the authorities that he had supplied IT companies to our agency. The Tony Warner we knew is a pleasant one who by no means exhibited any habits which was lower than skilled.”— with further reporting by Steven HaleRead extra at The Day by day Beast.Bought a tip? Ship it to The Day by day Beast hereGet our high tales in your inbox on daily basis. Join now!Day by day Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the tales that matter to you. Be taught extra.