Police in Madison County, Indiana are on the alert after a string of explosives have been found placed inside four mailboxes.
The Sheriff, Scott Mellinger, says that these devices are commonly known as “works” bombs. He thinks that the intent behind these bombs is not to hurt some one, but there is definitely the risk of that when one is playing with explosives.
The authorities are on the lookout for suspects who are related to these explosions. Mellinger vowed to “do everything we can to charge them as serious crime as we can.”
The sheriff’s office is working with the theory that these bombs were placed inside the mailboxes during the late hours of the evening, with the time window ranging from 10pm to midnight.
A local resident, Larry Mauck, said that this situation was “kind of scary in a way you just don’t know anymore.”
This incident is commonly seen as vandalism and occurs in Indiana about once per year. Sheriff Mellinger does not take this case lightly because it can severely injure a person who is close to the device at the time of explosion.
The sheriff’s office says a white early 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier was seen in the area at the time. A witness described the vehicle as “clean” with no visible damage. Sheriff Mellinger says the “victims don’t have any connections to one another and none of them have experienced any type of confrontation or conflict that they would attribute this to.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 646-9290 or leave information anonymously at Crime Stoppers 765-649-8310.