Pipe Bombs May Have Been Diversion For Bank Robbery


UPDATED: Thursday July 31, 2008 5:29 PM

Investigators on Wednesday were trying to determine if pipe bombs left outside of two Athens County banks were meant to be a diversion for a bank robbery in a nearby town.

Several homes and businesses were evacuated after workers discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb outside of the post office in Guysville, 10TV News reported.

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A second device was found about two miles away at the post office in Stewart.

In addition to evacuating homes and businesses, authorities shut down roads and streets while the devices were investigated.

On Wednesday, the Athens County Sheriff’s office said the devices contained no explosives, 10TV News reported.

While authorities were dealing with the devices on Tuesday morning, an armed man wearing a gas mask and body armor robbed the Hocking Valley Bank in Coolville, a town located about 12 miles southeast of Guysville.

No one was injured during the robbery.

No other details were immediately available.

The FBI is handling the investigation.

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