SHANNON — Improvised chemical pressure bombs were placed in two mailboxes in Hoke County, near the Robeson County line, according to a statement from the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the statement, the incidents “mirrored” others in Robeson County, but Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said he is unaware of similar items being found here. Sealey said there was a suspicious package found about a month ago in Lumberton area, but it “turned out to be nothing.”
The mailboxes are located on the 2700 block of North Shannon Road and the 1500 block of John Road, both of which are located near the Robeson County line.
The North Shannon Road mailbox was damaged by what was identified as an improvised chemical pressure bomb. A property damage report was filed with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of someone placing “an object inside of the mailbox causing it to disperse the contents of the bottle.” No damage was done to that mailbox.
“Hoke County investigators began an investigation into these reports and in both instances it appears that the device used is an Improvised Chemical Pressure Bomb,” the statement said. “There were also multiple incidences that mirrored these acts that took place in Robeson County.”
No suspects are listed in the statement.
According to television station WRAL, Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said it appears the mailboxes were randomly selected.
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