New details have emerged on the device that was found by a resident…
Smokey Barn News
Monday March 16, 2015
Greenbrier, Robertson County, Tenn.
New Details Emerge In Greenbrier Device Found On Vehicle
GPS Section of device
New details have emerged on a device that was found attached to a vehicle owned by a Greenbrier resident Saturday afternoon. Smokey spoke to, Donald Johnson, the owner of the vehicle that the device was attached to on Saturday night. (See video below) Johnson told Smokey Barn News that he was changing the tire on his car when he found the device tucked up in the wheelwell of his vehicle. Johnson said, to him, it looked like a bomb and authorities agreed. Police immediately taped off the street and evacuated near by homes.
Smokey has now learned from Greenbrier police that the “device” was in reality, a “home made GPS tracking device.” It seems that someone was very interested in either the location of Mr. Johnson’s vehicle or Mr. Johnson himself.
The incident began just before 5:00pm Saturday night when the Greenbrier Police department responded to a residence on Church Street after receiving a report that a suspicious device had been found attached to a private vehicle. With the help of the Tennessee Highway Patrol bomb disposal unit, the device was successfully recovered.
According to Greenbrier Police, “Once the device was able to be safely examined, it was determined that it was apparently a homemade GPS tracking device. The device was attached with wires to a six volt battery, wrapped with electrical tape, and then placed onto the underside of the vehicle.”
Police also said that, after testing, the battery was dead. Police also said it’s impossible to know how long the device was attached to the vehicle and they are tracking down the previous owner of the vehicle as well.
Greenbrier Police released the following statement Monday morning, “The Greenbrier Police Department wishes to thank the residents who were displaced from their homes for their patience while this device was being recovered. We further wish to advise the community that no danger exists.”
Battery section of device
Greenbrier police went on to say that, “Although this device contained certain elements that could be used in constructing an improvised explosive device, we believe the intent of the device was to monitor, rather than harm, unknown individual(s).”
The Greenbrier Police Department is currently conducting an investigation to determine who placed this device on the vehicle and why.
Once the person is identified, the case will be presented to the Robertson County District Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges will be placed.
Bomb Squad Called After Suspicious Object Found Attached To Car In Greenbrier
“It was either a prank or someone was trying to scare Mr. Johnson,“ Pack said.
Authorities in Greenbrier spent the good part of the afternoon investigating what has been labeled as a “suspicious package” in the 1100 block of Church St near Phelps St in Greenbrier. Several homes were been evacuated.
The call came in at 4:51pm. According to Emergency Management Director RL Douglas, the device was a 6 volt battery with a good amount of black tape wrapped around it. One side of the battery has been altered. There are no visible wires but the THP was called in to use their Xray machine to see what is under the black tape.
Smokey spoke to Donald Johnson, owner of the car that the device was attached to. He told us he was changing the tire on his car when he found the device. Johnson said to him it looked like a bomb.
Robertson County Emergency Management Agency as well as the Greenbrier Fire department and police are responded the scene and the area has been evacuated.
UPDATE: 8:32pm… The THP has arrived with their xray equipment.
UPDATE: Residents have been allowed back in their homes and the street is back open. Still waiting on word about the device.
UPDATE: 9:45pm Deputy Chief Of Police Randy Pack for the Greenbrier police department told Smokey that (after examination) the “device” was a 6 volt battery and a cell phone battery taped together. The THP decided to disassemble the device at the scene and said it was 50% of the components needed to be a bomb.
“It was either a prank or someone was trying to scare Mr. Johnson,” Pack said.
The THP has officially handed over the investigation of the incident to Greenbrier police and they are looking into the matter.