Colo. bomb suspect spotted drinking coffee

BOULDER, Colo., April 26 (UPI) -- An ex-con suspected of placing a crude bomb at a Colorado mall was turned over to the FBI after his arrest Tuesday in a Boulder supermarket, police said.

Earl Albert Moore, 65, who allegedly planted the bomb at Southwest Plaza Mall a week after he was released from federal prison, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon, The Denver Post reported.


Kim Kobel, a spokeswoman for Boulder police, said Moore was arrested without incident after a customer spotted him drinking coffee in a King Soopers market just before 7:30 a.m. She said he was held in a patrol car until the FBI picked him up.

Investigators say Moore's image was captured on security videotape at the mall Wednesday in the employee corridor where the pipe bomb was found.

The bomb, which did not detonate, was left at the mall on the 12th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School 2 miles away.

Moore, who once lived in Colorado, was paroled April 13 from a federal prison in Georgia, where he was serving a sentence for bank robbery in West Virginia.

The FBI said Tuesday investigators have found no evidence the bomb was linked to the Columbine shootings. A spokesman said Moore's motive for traveling across the country immediately after his release from prison to place a bomb is unknown.


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