Thursday, May 29, 2008

Peachtree City Police Department Special Press Release - May 29, 2008

Between midnight and 1:00 a.m. Wednesday May 28, 2008, what appeared to be a home made explosive device was found by a homeowner on the front porch of his residence in the 300 block of Loring Lane in Peachtree City. The device is described as a small 20 ounce bottle containing an unknown liquid. Although the device had detonated, it did not cause damage to the residence and there are no reported injuries pertaining to this incident.

On the evening of May 28, 2008 (6:00 p.m.), police officers were dispatched to the area of Georgian Park concerning four male juveniles that were setting off "bottle bombs" on the city’s cart path system. Before officers were able to arrive on the scene, the juveniles had left the area on a golf cart. After interviewing witnesses, officers were able to locate the juveniles; however, the juveniles obstructed the officers by refusing to stop their vehicle. Eventually, three of the juveniles jumped off the golf cart and fled the area by running away. The driver of the golf cart was stopped a short time later at Turtle Bay. After identifying and interviewing the juveniles (two 16 years of age and two 15 years of age), juvenile complaints were filed with the Fayette County Juvenile Court for Manufacturing an explosive device and Obstruction of a Police Officer. While detectives were interviewing the four juveniles, the police department received another call regarding 4-5 other male juveniles who were setting off another device in the area of Cove Road and Fishers Luck. A subsequent investigation determined that these other juveniles had purchased chemical agents at one of the city’s shopping centers just prior to the incident. The following morning, May 29, 2008, the police department received additional reports of “bottle bomb” incidents and determined that the devices were detonated in the Timber Walk, Interlochen, and Carnellian Lane areas. One of the “bottle bombs” was placed in the home owner’s mail box.

Investigators from the Peachtree City Police Department are following up on leads associated with these incidents as well as a similar incident that occurred on Monday, May 26, 2008, in the 300 Block of Hippocket Road. The police department has offered a $500.00 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individuals involved in these crimes.

The Loring Lane and Hippocket Road incidents are still under investigation.

If anyone has information that would assist the Police Department in these or other incidents, please contact the Peachtree City Criminal Investigations Division at 770-631-2510, or the Crime and Narcotics Information Hotline at (770) 487-6010.

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