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Brief: Water-Bomb Suspects Arrested

June 5, 2007 — A series of small water-bomb explosions on St. Thomas last month led to Police arresting a trio of minors Tuesday and charging them with reckless endangerment, according to a Police news release.
The explosions took place at the Fort Mylner Shopping Center, Tutu Park Mall and American Yacht Harbor, according to Police reports. While no one was injured, minor property damage to the areas was reported, the news release said.
The explosions were a topic of much discussion on local radio airwaves, but the VIPD offered little information about the incidents. When contacted after the explosions occurred, Police spokeswoman Shawna Richards said the incidents were still under investigation.
Tuesday's release also includes little information, since all three suspects are minors. No names have been released, and the specific location of the suspects has been withheld. However, the news release does say that the minors have been released into the custody of their parents pending an advice-of-rights hearing.
Tuesday's arrests were the end results of an investigation conducted by the VIPD's Hazardous Devices Unit along with information provided by various business owners and community members, according to Milton Petersen Sr., acting St. Thomas-St. John-Water Island District chief of Police.
Police also received assistance from the V.I. Office of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in resolving the case.
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