Cell phone store hit with 10 homemade bombs

27 Dec

Investigators are looking for a motive after 10 unexploded homemade bombs were thrown through the windows of an Englewood cell phone store.

Detectives are eager to find a motive and make an arrest, said Officer Scott Allen, a spokesman for Englewood police said.

The owner of the store knew of no one who might be a suspect, Allen said, and investigators aren’t sure what time the bombs were thrown overnight.

“The owner got a call from someone else who works in the strip mall about 7 this morning. They told him his front and back windows were broken out,” Allen said. “The owner went inside and saw the incendiary devices, backed out the door.”

The Arapahoe County Bomb Squad collected the unexploded bombs and evacuated nearby stores in the strip mall on South Santa Fe Circle, off South Santa Fe Drive south of West Union Avenue.

Other than several broken windows, the damage to the store was minimal.

Other than characterizing the bombs as similar to Molotov cocktails — cheaply made improvised explosive devices usually fashioned from a container of flammable liquid — authorities aren’t being specific about how the bombs were made or what type fuel was used.

“That’s all part of the investigation at this point, so were not able to release that,” Allen explained.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the investigation this afternoon, though the case is currently being investigated as a criminal mischief pending more information, Allen said.

“At this point, we don’t have any suspects,” he said. “We don’t know what their motive was, so it’s very important that we find out who’s responsible for this.”

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