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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2010

Contact: Thomas Crowley

Cell: (214) 435-5226

Amanda McMurrey, Postal Inspector

(214) 695-7386

$25,000 Reward Offered for Information in Suspicious Device Incidents in East Texas

ATF and Postal Inspectors Seek Public’S Help

Tyler, Texas — Robert R. Champion, Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Randall C. Till, Fort Worth Division Inspector in Charge for the United States Postal Inspection Service announced today a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for placing suspicious devices throughout the East Texas area. Numerous of these devices have been placed in blue United States Postal Service collection boxes. The suspicious items have been incendiary-style devices as well as devices that resemble pipe bombs. These incidents have occurred in the counties of Smith, Rusk, Gregg, Harrison, and Panola.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity around blue collection boxes or the person(s) responsible for these acts can contact the Postal Inspection Service’s East Texas Tip Line at (817) 359-2719, or the toll-free number (877) 876-2455, option 2.