2 arrests made in Dundalk mailbox explosives

August 08, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Two suspects were in custody last night and three others were being sought in the planting of small bombs that destroyed several mailboxes in Dundalk, Baltimore County police reported.

In announcing the arrests of a man, 19, and a male juvenile, 17, police said they "believe the acts were random and the motive was thrill seeking." Names of the suspects were not immediately disclosed.

Police said they knew of four small bombs placed in mailboxes in Dundalk over several days, but believed that there had been others and asked that people who found them contact the department.

No one was injured in the reported incidents.

Three of the bombs, described by police as plastic bottles filled with an explosive liquid, but without timing devices or wiring, blew up at night. One did not detonate, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

Police notified Dundalk postal carriers about the devices yesterday. The U.S. Postal Inspector's office also was helping police in their investigation, Warehime said.

The first device exploded Monday in the 8200 block of Longpoint Road. A damaged mailbox was discovered about 9 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Two other devices went off Tuesday night or early yesterday morning - one in the 8000 block of Stansbury Road, the other in the 1900 block of Robinwood Road, where police later discovered an unexploded device on the lawn near an open mailbox.

Warehime wouldn't describe how police "rendered safe" the unexploded bomb because that could be used to counter bomb squad techniques.

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