Fingerprint match leads to arrest in Walmart pipe bomb case

SYLVA, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a fingerprint has led them to arrest a man who placed a pipe bomb near small propane tanks in a Walmart in the North Carolina mountains four years ago.

Federal court records say Larry Bowlsby’s fingerprint was found on a shopping cart after the explosion.

Officials say there were no serious injuries at the store in Sylva when the bomb exploded in September 2007.

Initially, it didn’t match any prints in the federal system, but agents ran it again this year.

He was arrested Tuesday and charged with using an explosive device to damage or destroy a business involved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Prosecutors say Bowlsby was captured on surveillance video in the Sylva Walmart pushing a cart and leaving an object behind.

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