STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) — A special task force within the NYPD is investigating a number of suspicious packages dropped off in various locations around Staten Island. Police say none of what is described as crude and homemade devices have gone off, but a community is left wondering who could be behind it all.
The first incident, according to police, occurred on September 3. It was what would be the first of three explosive devices randomly dropped off in the middle of sidewalks and streets around Staten Island.
Kelly Modzelewski was one of several homeowners told to evacuate their homes on Cornell Street that day. She lived on the street adjacent to where the first crude device was found.
“We were asking why, what’s going on. They said just get out as quickly as you can. We think they found an explosive device behind your house,” said Modzelewski .
One week and two days later, another device was called into police on Brentwood Avenue. The latest drop off on Saturday occurred on Duncan Road, just a short distance away from St. John University’s Staten Island campus.
Police believe each incident to be related and said they’ve found similarities in the way the explosives were put together. Each time a note was also attached targeting a specific person, though police won’t comment any further on the details of the threat. All three times the homemade bombs were left in the middle of quiet residential neighborhoods. Police say bomb squads were brought in every time and removed the devices without any incident. It is, however, unclear if the devices were working explosives or merely meant to look like explosives.