The Regina Police Service is investigating incidents of property damage involving plastic pop bottles filled with a mixture apparently intended to cause an explosive reaction. Police are also reminding Regina residents to call police rather than handle any container or package that looks suspicious.
This advisory comes after four incidents of mischief involving damage to residential mailboxes. There were two incidents reported on the weekend and so far today, Monday, August 16th, there have been two more reports, although it appears the damage occurred some time earlier and was only discovered this morning. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, at about 11:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence on Pleasant Place in the South East. The homeowner reported hearing voices outside his house, then a loud bang and a car speeding away. The homeowner found that his mailbox had been destroyed and a damaged plastic pop bottle and residue were nearby. On August 15th, a resident of Mayfield Road reported similar damage to his mailbox and attributed it to a loud noise heard the night before at about 10:40 p.m. Today, Monday August 16th, police have attended two similar calls, both in the North West part of the city. One of these is on Batoche Street, the other on Forsythe Crescent. In three of these cases, the blast has been enough to separate the mailboxes from the buildings; fortunately, there have been no injuries as a result of these incidents.
Anyone who has information on these incidents, or sees suspicious activity, is encouraged to contact the Regina Police Service or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).