An unidentified explosive left a Portal man’s mailbox in pieces last week, and now he is concerned that the culprit may target another mailbox.
Robbie Deal said that an explosive device of some kind was placed in his mailbox, which was encased in brick and sat in front of his Metter Road home, around 9:10 p.m. on June 14.
Deal reported the crime, and while the subsequent incident report from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office listed some unspecified damage to the mailbox caused by an unknown person, it made no mention of an explosive.
However, photos supplied by Deal show the mailbox and bricks in shambles, and Deal said he is thankful no one was injured in the explosion.
Bulloch County sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Fadden “came out and took a report, and even spent quite a bit of time searching for fragments,” he said.
He has posted photos of the damaged mailbox at robbiedeal.com/ied.
“The idiots (who blew up the box) cost me $1,000 that I will not get back,” Deal said about his destroyed property. “But worse yet, if someone had driven by when it went off, it most likely would have caused serious injury or death.”
When the Statesboro Herald asked Bulloch County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bill Black about the incident on Monday, he said he would have to check on the case to determine whether additional information could be released.
The incident report he provided the Herald, however, marked the case as “inactive,” which means no further action or investigation is expected.
Deal said that he believes information about the incident should be made available to the public for safety reasons.
“Please get the word out that this kind of activity can have serious consequences and is more than just a prank,” he told the Herald on Tuesday. “Most of this kind of thing is a group of juveniles out for an adrenaline rush, having no idea how deadly some these Tannerite or internet recipes can be. They are very likely to hurt themselves or others. Most of these recipes show how to make (explosives) without covering the safety procedures needed.”
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.