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Abortion Clinic Bombs May Be Linked To Robeson County Theft

Posted October 5, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Local and Federal authorities say they are following several leads in the attempted bombings at two Cumberland County abortion clinics. Authorities say they are releasing only limited information so they will not hinder the investigation.

The The F-B-I is offering a $50,000 reward, and one of the clinics also added $25,000 dollars to the pot.

They did confirm that hundreds of sticks of dynamite stolen from a Robeson county store last week are still missing. Investigators are trying to determine if there is a connection.

Agents want to know if the dynamite found outside both abortion clinics Saturday was the same dynamite stolen from the St. Paul's Farmer's Exchange in Robeson County.

Sheriff Glenn Maynor says about 500 sticks of dynamite were stolen September 28 or 29. He says they are looking to see if the serial numbers match up.

A makeshift investigation war room has been set up in the basement of the Law Enforcement complex. Investigators are meeting there twice a day. The area has been closed to the public to protect sensitive information from leaking.

While the investigation continues, the clinics remain open.

But a new bomb threat Monday night at the Hallmark Clinic sent tensions rising. At first, emergency crews thought the threat was only a false alarm, but it was not a threat at all. Police say they received at tip off the Crimestoppers line, and the information was misunderstood.

But many employees at the Carolina Women's Center say they are afraid to go to work, and neighbors say the wait is nerve-wracking.

Federal agents are asking the public to come forward with any information they have about this case. You can call910-483-TIPSor1-888-ATF-BOMB. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.