Larry North, 52, is being accused of possessing pipe bombs and distributing them in multiple East Texas mailboxes because of anger at the government.
“It does appear that there were two motives: one, that he was disenchanted with the federal government, and, two, he was disenchanted with an individual who he perceived that had wronged him,” says [U.S. Attorney Brit] Featherston of 52-year-old Larry North, who was arrested today.
North was indicted Wednesday on a charge of illegally possessing a pipe bomb. …Authorities had identified North as a person of interest in connection with a string of incidents in which explosive devices were placed in mailboxes in East Texas.
Featherston says postal workers were endangered by the devices. At least 14 explosive devices have been found in the last few weeks.
The first reports of incendiary devices in mailboxes involved bottles containing flammable liquids and wicks, authorities said. Devices resembling pipe bombs then started turning up, which raised the sense of danger felt by 27-year-old Longview resident Robert Ziemba. One pipe bomb was found in a mailbox on a busy street in Longview.
This isn’t North’s first run-in with the law.
In the late 1980s, Henderson police arrested North on a charge of unlawfully carrying a prohibited weapon, state records show. He was convicted of the Class A misdemeanor charge in 1989, but information was unavailable on whether he was sentenced to jail or just paid the $100 court fine.