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Suspect in custody after explosive devices found at North County gas station

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A robot removed the suspicious item from the BP gas station early Friday morning (Credit: KMOV) A robot removed the suspicious item from the BP gas station early Friday morning (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A suspect was taken into custody in the Central West End after explosive devices were found at north St. Louis County gas station earlier in the month.

Just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 19, police in Edmundson received a call that a suspicious backpack was found on a parking lot near a propane tank at the BP on the Run gas station in the 10500 block of Natural Bridge Road, near St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The St. Louis County Bomb and Arson Squad was then called to the scene to further investigate.

The responding crews believed the backpack contained an explosive device so they used a robot to remove it from the area. Three hours after the backpack was found, it was removed from the parking lot and the gas station reopened.

On Jan. 31, the Edmundson Police Department said they worked with the FBI, St. Louis Area Bomb and Arson Task Force and the US Marshals to identify a suspect for the possession of the explosive devices. The suspect was later found in the Central West End and taken into custody for questioning. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges.

Officers said the devices were not part of any direct threat. They also said anyone who sees a suspicious object should not touch it but call 911 immediately.

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