Crime

Prank results in dispatch of Bibb County Sheriff’s bomb squad

A prank that was attributed to youths dispatched the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad to the 3000 block of General Lee Boulevard shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday.

Lt. Randy Gonzalez said the bomb squad was dispatched after a resident found a suspicious soft drink bottle in his mailbox.

The 1.5 liter plastic bottle was filled with Drano and aluminium foil that creates a chemical reaction, Gonzalez said.

While authorities were there another resident reported finding similar bottles in his yard, and a third resident reported throwing one in the trash after finding one in his mailbox. None of the bottles exploded, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said authorities have seen this before, though not recently. Gonzalez said he would not characterize the homemade devices as pipe bombs. The devices are designed to explode and damage the mailboxes, he said.

“We look at it more of being some type of mischief prank,” Gonzalez said.

A fourth resident heard loud music about 4:30 a.m. Sunday and saw a white male juvenile with brown hair, standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a shovel near a mailbox. He jumped into a small, silver sports utility vehicle and drove off. The same youth was seen a little while later hitting a mailbox with a shovel.

If anyone finds any suspicious bottles or if they saw the sports utility vehicle in the area, they are asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 751-7500.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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