PINELLAS COUNTY (WFLA) — A Florida deputy has been charged after sending a toy bomb to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday, Lieutenant Joseph Gerretz received a package containing a handwritten note with the word “boom” written on it. The sheriff’s office was evacuated and a bomb squad was called in.
James Piper, 59, resigned later that day after he admitted mailing the toy bomb to the agency as a joke.
Piper was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with planting of hoax bomb, a second-degree felony.
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