MAN ARRESTED FOR BLOWING UP MAILBOX

Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel
Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel

A Mullica Township man was arrested on Thursday for constructing an explosive device and using it to blow up his neighbor’s mailbox, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.

Kevin Anderson, 42, of the 400 Block of Grape Street, was charged with second-degree possession of a destructive device with the purpose to use it unlawfully against the property of another, three counts of conspiracy and third-degree possession of a prohibited destructive device.

It is alleged that on Jan. 1 Anderson and two juveniles constructed an improvised explosive device and, at the direction of Anderson, placed the device inside the mailbox of a nearby Melon Avenue resident. The bomb detonated and destroyed the neighbor’s mailbox. No one was injured in the incident, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sergeant Nicholas Erman said.

Anderson was transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail set by Superior Court Judge Charles Middlesworth.

A second-degree charge carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and up to $150,000 in fines.

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