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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 10:54 AM

Toy Bomb No Joke As Deputy Loses Job, Gets Arrested

A Pinellas County, FL, Sheriff's deputy surrendered his job after he allegedly sent a toy bomb as a joke. Deputy James Piper was charged Wednesday with planting of a hoax bomb, which is a second-degree felony.

The bomb scare caused a partial evacuation Tuesday at the Sheriff's Office Administration building. The deputy sent the toy bomb to a lieutenant as a joke. The bomb squad was called in and eventually determined the item was a toy.

Officials said a box was sent through inner-office mail with a note inside that read: BOOM! Underneath the note was a toy bomb that looked like a stick of dynamite with a lime green monitor and black wires with bright colors on the end of them.

Investigators said when Lt. Joseph Gerretz opened the box, he took it as a potential threat. Gerretz said when he saw the package insulated with plastic he erred on the side of caution.

After hearing what happened, Piper came forward and admitted to the prank. He immediately resigned. Piper, 59, worked for the sheriff's office for 27 years, since 1982.


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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 10:58 AM

1. If this is his idea of a joke, I'll bet there are skeletons in this guys closet

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