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Reward now offered for arrest of molotov bandit

POSTED: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 5:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 4:12am

TYLER-Officials say at least nine incendiary devices have been found in the mail across East Texas. No one has been injured so far, but authorities are kicking their investigation into overdrive to make sure it stays that way.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives are now offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Authorities are tight-lipped about some of the clues they've found. What they will tell us is the devices do consist of liquid-filled bottles with wicks. As far as what the liquid is, they're not saying at this time.

Authorities will say there is a strong possibility that the devices found in Henderson, Owentown and Kilgore are all linked.

Though the authorities say the devices do not pose an immediate danger to the public, possible charges against those responsible could be severe.

"The activities are being investigated as possible violations of Title 18, USC, Section 1705, Destruction of Letter Boxes or Mail," U.S. Postal Inspector, Amanda McMurrey, said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Postal Inspectors at 817-359-2719.

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