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Accused bomb maker was issued pilot's license

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It was a shocking discovery in Escondido -- 9 to 12 pounds of the same explosives used by terrorist suicide bombers. Some are calling George Jakubec's property on Via Scott street a "bomb factory." Now we have new information about the man in custody.

News 8 has learned Jakubec was issued a private pilot's license in 1980, which allowed him to fly a single-engine plane. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson was unable to confirm Tuesday whether the license is still valid.

Also on Tuesday, officers released the search warrant used to gain entry to Jakubec's rented home. The affidavit says Jakubec initially denied having bomb-making materials in his home, but later admitted to having hazardous chemicals and hand grenades.

News 8 has also learned that Jakubec appeared in a downtown San Diego courtroom with his wife, Marina Ivanova, on Monday, November 15, just three days before his arrest in Escondido. The couple was appealing a $4,600 small claims court judgment issued against Ivanova after she failed to pay a dental surgery bill.

Courtroom observers tell News 8 that Jakubec spoke for his wife at the hearing.  The judge denied the couple's appeal and ordered Ivanova to pay the full judgment amount.

The unemployed computer software consultant is now facing multiple counts of possessing destructive devices and ingredients to make bombs. He is also charged with robbing two banks.  Jakubec pleaded not guilty to all counts Monday in Vista court.

Prosecutors said Jakubec kept the largest cache of homemade explosive compounds ever found in one spot on U.S. soil.

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