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Investigators think Seminole mailbox bomb may be linked to homeowners association dispute

SEMINOLE — An explosion tore off the top of a brick-lined mailbox outside a suburban home on Friday afternoon.

No one was injured in the blast, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies haven't identified any suspects yet.

But they may already have a possible motive: a neighborhood association dispute.

Just this week, the neighborhood's management company sent out notices to residents who weren't in compliance with homeowners association rules, which require every residence to have a mailbox built out of brick.

Then came Friday's 1:45 p.m. blast at 10195 Windtree Blvd. That's the address of Gerard Esposito, the president of the Wind Tree Oaks Home Owners Association.

"It may be more than a coincidence," said Pinellas Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Nestor. "Nobody else's mailbox has been destroyed in the neighborhood. There's no other damage anywhere, except at this specific residence. Looking at a motive, deputies believe this could be related."

The association president's wife, Deborah Esposito, was home at the time and heard the blast from inside the home. The explosion caused no other damage, deputies said.

The couple declined to comment on Friday.

Deputies at the scene said they could smell black powder in the air. But the Sheriff's Office won't disclose any other details while its investigation is ongoing, including what kind of device was used in the explosion or how powerful it was.

How to help

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200. Anonymous callers who wish to receive a reward can call CrimeStoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

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How to help

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200. Anonymous callers who wish to receive a reward can call CrimeStoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Investigators think Seminole mailbox bomb may be linked to homeowners association dispute 09/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2011 8:33pm]
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