GRATIS TOWNSHIP —Three Preble County property owners reported homemade explosive devices in mailboxes on Saturday, Jan. 30, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.
According to official statements, “homemade explosive devices” were discovered in the mailboxes of three properties in Gratis and Somers Township.
Officials said “the explosives that were located were a mixture of chemicals in 2-liter pop bottles.”
The PCSO was assisted by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Unit, which was called in to to assist the PCSO in making “these explosives safe,” according to the report.
Those bottles were removed safely and will be sent for further forensic testing according to the PCSO.
“We continue to investigate this,” Sheriff Mike Simpson said on Monday. “We recovered a fourth bottle today in the ditch near Rush Run Wildlife Area. We are encouraging anyone who may have information on who is responsible to contact our office by telephone, our crime stoppers email or tip line, all of which can be found on our website.”
The Preble County Sheriff’s Office asks any resident with information about this crime to call Captain Schneider at 937-456-6262, or leave an anonymous tip by visiting preblecountysheriff.org.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062, or on Twitter at aschmidt_RH.