Larry Gene North, an unemployed Texan has been arrested and is suspected of being the Texas mailbox bomber. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Tyler, Texas for possessing a pipe bomb on or about March 23, 2010. He is held without bond in the Smith County Jail in Tyler.
At least 14 explosive devices, including 5 pipe bombs have been found over the past several week, but authorities believe he placed 36 explosive devices in east Texas mailboxes between February 5th and Wednesday, April 7th.
It is believed North, 52, was angry with the federal government. (How long will take to hear that North was an ardent member of a Tea Party?)
The first reports of incendiary devices in mailboxes involved bottles containing flammable liquids and wicks, authorities said. Devices resembling pipe bombs then started turning up, which raised the sense of danger felt by 27-year-old Longview resident Robert Ziemba. One pipe bomb was found in a mailbox on a busy street in Longview.
“With pipe bombs, you never know,” Ziemba said. “It could be in your backyard. It could be in your neighbor’s backyard. You don’t know where it’s going to be.”
According to FOXNews, North has been a suspect for a short while. He was followed by federal agents who viewed him place an explosive device in a Tyler, Texas mailbox. No injuries or deaths resulted from the explosive devices.