Suspicious devices found at Colorado Mills Mall 'partially functioned'

8:41 AM, Jun 26, 2011   |    comments
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Authorities say two explosive devices found inside the Borders Bookstore Saturday morning had "partially functioned" after an apparent break-in Friday night.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "The two small, crude devices partially functioned and caused no damage to the Colorado Mills Mall and minimal damage to a small area inside the Borders Bookstore."

9Wants to Know says two FBI sources also confirm that the devices went off.

"This wasn't a large event, It was something very small, contained, and controlled," said FBI spokesperson Dave Joly.

Joly said the FBI was first notified of the suspicious devices at 12:40 a.m. on Saturday. The FBI says police responded to a store alarm going off and found someone had broken into the Borders store. Officers found two suspicious devices at the scene and called the Jefferson County Bomb Squad.

Although the Borders store was closed during the day, the rest of the mall remained open. Joly said that is mainly because the FBI, the ATF, and Lakewood Police had sufficient time to secure the mall before it opened to employees and shoppers later in the morning.

Still, some store employees said they still felt threatened, even after the mall had been secured.

Nieman Marcus employee Sue Zenisek said, "There are a lot more important things in life than keeping a shopping mall open."

Brooks Brothers employee Jennifer Gurule said, "It's making me very nervous, I think the mall should have been closed today."

There are no injuries and no threats were made to the Borders store or the mall according to the FBI.

A representative from Borders is confirming the same reports about the device. Borders released the following statement Saturday afternoon:

"We take the safety of our employees and customers very seriously. To that end, we are cooperating with authorities to the fullest extent as they investigate this incident."

No suspects are in custody and federal investigators say they have no leads.

9Wants to Know has learned the Lakewood Police, Joint Terrorism Task Force, members of the FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working the investigation.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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