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Man arrested in connection to fake explosive devices found last week

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An arrest has been made in connection to the three fake explosive devices found last week at the South Park Buffalo Police station and a UPS facility.

James Timpanaro, 54 of Buffalo has been charged with one count of conveying a hoax. That crime carries a maximum term of five years and/or a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy said it was different than the incident involving Caesar Sayoc in Florida. These packages were hand delivered.

“For anyone to engage in this sort of copycat behavior is simply unconscionable. It will not be tolerated and they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Kennedy said.

Timpanaro was caught on camera dropping of a device early in the morning on October 26 at the South Park stattion.

Kennedy said there is no plan to as of now to release pictures of the fake explosive devices. Timpanaro should appear in court no later than 1 PM Saturday afternoon.

Kennedy credits the public for their help in the arrest.

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