FRESNO, Calif. - A man charged with using an explosive device, scaring hundreds of people and destroying several mailboxes in his neighborhood in northern California is now behind bars.
There is a sense of safety in a Fresno neighborhood after the end of a bombing spree.
The suspect in the case apparently kept explosive materials in his home without his roommates ever knowing.
Broken brick and twisted metal are all that remains of this fig garden area mailbox. A pipe bomb explosion this week destroyed the mailbox and rocked the neighborhood, but it also helped investigators end a bombing spree that lasted at least five months.
"During that time, they were able to gather evidence from the device. They learned it was a pipe bomb," said Chris Curtice with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Less than a mile away, sheriff's investigators had also looked into this mailbox bombing in May and evidence from two other bombings showed a unique connection between the explosions.
"As they dug further into that, they learned these materials could only be found at one hardware store in the city of Fresno," he said.
Records from that hardware store led deputies to Cody Bewarder, 27, and he was easy to find Wednesday night. Investigators say he drove past his latest victim to admire his own work where he lived, pulling out six boxes of bomb-making materials including illegal fireworks, fuses and pipes. Neighbors from two blocks way say they have heard evidence he's been practicing for quite a while.
"For about a month it was every night at 7 o'clock and they were like m80's or bigger," said neighbor, Bob MacDonald.
Investigators say the suspect acted alone.
His five roommates say they also heard explosions in the neighborhood, but never suspected they were living with the suspect who set them off.