CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Charleston Police have arrested and charged one of two teenage boys suspected in the bombing of a mailbox in the city’s South Hills neighborhood.

The teen was located about 9:00 Monday night and charged with criminal use of an explosive device.  They haven’t released his name due to his age.   The search for a second teenager believed to have been involved continues. 

The boys were caught on a home video surveillance camera early Saturday setting the explosive in a mailbox through the window of their vehicle at a home on Loudon Heights Road.

Detectives said the driver placed something in the mailbox and then got a lighter from the passenger and set the device on fire.

The video shows a primary explosion followed by a secondary explosion that was more significant.

Police said the pair were in a four-door Jeep Wrangler.

The homeowner put the video on YouTube, which officers credit with helping to identify the suspects.

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  • Artimus

    Not condoning the behavior but if this is a surveillance camera why is it moving around so much? I would think the picture would be more steady if it was a fixed mount camera vs. "handheld". Also, zoomed, who did that? Convenient it was focused on the mailbox. Makes one wonder if the homeowner didn't have some prior history with these folks or suspected something was going down.

  • Kate Fisher

    I think it's pretty obvious that this mailbox isn't the first thing these idiots have blown up. They've been practicing this somewhere. Dangerous people. Dangerous and stupid.

  • Andrew

    What was the make and mod of the home video surveillance camera and where did you get it... We have a problem with ppl breaking into cars in the eastern panhandle too....please post

    • ISay

      Andrew, you'd probably get a response if you posted this question under the youtube video comments.

  • Ut Oh

    Well it looks to me that the owner needs to share this equipment with local banks, the video quality is so much better than the grainy videos that we see after the next bank robbery happens! Bet the FBI can enhance it and get good face shot as well as license plate.

    • I'm honest at least

      I agree seems the banks use bargain store cameras.


    This person needs caught he is a serious danger to anyone who he would decide needs hurt!!! he has to much time on his hands maybe 90 years hard labor would cure his problem! if not a bullet on his next mailbox blow up would surely cure him!!

    • The Rest of the World

      Great Oogly Moogly.

  • Leroy

    What ever happened to good old fashioned m-80's?

    • ViennaGuy

      Not enough "bang" anymore - the government watered 'em down. :-(

  • Mike

    Catch these scum and put them in jail. Turn this video over to the Postal inspectors. This is a big time crime. This is not a local police problem.

    • RogerD

      Mike, that is exactly what I was thinking. I was always under the impression this was a federal crime.

      • Mike

        RogerD, It is a federal crime.