June 16, 2017
A man who called police about his car being vandalized was charged this week with making pipe bombs.
Larry Bailey, 65, had called police in March claiming that his car had been vandalized and that a former roommate had been threatening him. The car wouldn’t run, apparently because drain cleaner had been put in the gas tank, according to court documents.
When police arrived to investigate the vandalism report, Bailey produced two pipe bombs he said he had found under his car about the same time it was vandalized, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Officers wondered Bailey had not mentioned the pipe bombs in his initial report, and why he was handling them so carelessly while showing them to police, documents state. Bailey told officers that he believed the bombs had been left by a woman who had lived with him and his wife in their mobile home at Bay Colony Trailers on South Main Street for the previous two years.
Bailey said he had met the woman through an online dating site and offered to help her when he discovered she was homeless, records show. Bailey said the woman started sending threatening messages after his wife told her it was time to leave.