Reward offered for information after IED found in Arkansas mailbox

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says the IED was placed in a mailbox on Wildcat Rd. in Hot Springs. (KATV Photo)

A reward up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who put an improvised explosive device (IED) in a Hot Springs mailbox.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says the IED was placed in a mailbox in the 300 block of Wildcat Rd. between 3 p.m. on April 15 and 8 a.m. on April 16. Authorities say the item was placed and not mailed.

“Putting an IED in a mailbox is a reckless act which not only endangers the safety of USPS employees and customers, but also anyone passing by the location where it was placed,” said Thomas L. Noyes, Inspector in Charge of the Fort Worth Division, U.S Postal Inspection Service. “Postal Inspectors will ensure this crime is investigated and the perpetrator is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

The Garland County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives assisted in the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact 877-876-2455 (select Emergency/Law Enforcement). All information will be kept confidential.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity around a mailbox should call local law enforcement immediately.

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