FBI arrests man for planting bombs outside Michigan cellphone stores

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FBI arrests man for planting bombs outside Michigan cellphone stores

The FBI has arrested a man for allegedly planting bombs outside cellphone stores in Northern Michigan, the agency announced Tuesday.

FBI Detroit Division Special Agent Timothy Waters announced that the arrest was made in connection to two incidents in which the man allegedly placed explosive devices outside of a Verizon store in Cheboygan and an AT&T store in Sault Ste. Marie on Sept. 16.

Each of the devices was found inside of a US Postal Service box and sealed in black duct tape. The bombs had the letters “CMT” written on them and contained written threats to the comms companies, the FBI told the Associated Press earlier this week.

Both bombs were diffused and nobody was injured.

The letters are similar to ones found last month from a group calling themselves the “Coalition for Moral Telecommunications,” which also made demands from telecommunications companies, according to the FBI.

Waters said no more identifying information on the suspect can be released until he appears before a judge.

The homemade bomb was inside a USPS package sealed with black duct tape at the AT&T Store in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
The homemade bomb was inside a USPS package sealed with black duct tape at the AT&T Store in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
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“An investigation this fast-moving cannot be successful without good partnerships,” Waters said in a statement. “The tireless efforts and seamless coordination amongst all the investigative agencies were critical to quickly identifying and arresting the subject, disrupting the threat this individual posed to the public.”

Agencies involved in the investigation included the FBI, Michigan State Police, Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Cheboygan Police Department, Sault Ste. Marie Police Department, Sault. Ste. Marie Tribal police, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol and ATF.

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