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Police, Crime Line seeking leads in pressure bomb case

Posted: March 31, 2013 - 12:09am

Police are still seeking information about a bottle found in an elderly man’s driveway last month that exploded in his hand when he tried to move it.

Juneau Police Department Sgt. Scott Erickson said in a release that JPD is asking the public to help identify an older model Ford truck that was seen in the area just prior to the Feb. 21 explosion in the 8000 block of Jennifer Drive. No other descriptors of the truck were provided.

Previously, police said the 68-year-old man called 911 at about 9:50 p.m. after sustaining minor injuries to his hand. The man reported to police that he saw a suspicious vehicle in the area, went outside to investigate and found the bottle in his driveway.

A police investigation revealed the bottle was actually a pressure bomb, a plastic container with compounds inside used to create a mechanical explosion. The devices are a hazard, unpredictable and can cause serious injury or death, police warned.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is encouraged to log onto the Juneau Crime Line at juneaucrimeline.com and report the tip. Tipsters are guaranteed anonymity and can be rewarded.

The Juneau Police Department and the Juneau Crime Line highlight a “Crime of the Week” each Friday to aid police investigations. The Crime Line is a nonprofit organization.

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