WEST PLAINS -- Authorities have apprehended a suspect in connection containing a suspicious package with an explosive device found June 1 in West Plains.
U.S. Postal Inspector Dan Taylor said the name of the individual is being held pending formal charges.
A $100,000 reward was offered by the U.S. Postal Service for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the mailing.
A West Plains postal employee discovered the package addressed to the West Plains Police Department in a mailbox located at the Parkway Shopping Center with no return address. There were no injuries reported in the incident
Officers with the Missouri Highway Patrol's bomb squad X-rayed the package and determined there was an explosive devise inside the package.
Taylor said after his office released information about the suspect, the community played a huge part in the apprehension.
Thayer Postmaster Paula Kirby said all her clerks and carriers are trained how to look for suspicious packages.
"We have mandatory talks on this subject several times a year," Kirby said.
She said there are several different things that make a package suspicious. She said shape, size and if a package might have an odor are all indications of a suspicious package. She said another thing her employees are trained to look for are return addresses.
"Since 9-11 post offices across the country have become a lot more cautious concerning packages," she said.