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Mon, Mar 27, 2006

Former ATC Company Employee A Suspect In Serial Bombings

CO Police Would Like To Chat With Robert Burke

If you see 54-year old Robert Burke, you might want to let him know the feds are looking for him -- but then again, you might also want to keep your distance.

Police say the former employee of Serco Group in Grand Junction, CO is a serial bomber -- planting five explosive devices at the homes of his one-time co-workers and an FAA employee. Three of those bombs went off, causing minor damage but no injuries.

CNN reports Grand Junction police spokeswoman Linda Bowman said the bombs were similar to those found in other states -- but she didn't give any details, other than to say "there is a great deal of probable cause to believe Mr. Burke is a primary suspect."

The case has been turned over to federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Serco runs air traffic control towers at three airports, including one in Grand Junction. Burke was fired from the company less than two years ago and, while he'd apparently made some veiled e-mail threats... there was no specific indication that he might start setting off explosives.

Discovery of the bombs on Friday forced the evacuation of the control tower at Grand Junction. The FAA in Denver took over tower duties, and no flights were disrupted.

Burke is still at large. Authorities think he's driving a maroon 1999 Chevy Astro minivan, and may be calling himself Robert L. Pope.

FMI: www.atf.gov, www.serco-na.com

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