- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Five suspicious packages addressed to girls who had been in touch with a California man on social media were intercepted and destroyed at a post office in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

U.S. Postal Service Inspector Tammy Mayle won’t say what was in the packages which were destroyed at the Murrysville post office on Tuesday. Investigators are familiar with the San Diego man believed to have sent them to the girls, though it wasn’t immediately clear if he would be charged, Mayle said.

“The suspect had done this in the past with other girls,” Mayle told reporters Wednesday. “They contained items that were inappropriate for minors - harassing, stalking items.”

A spokeswoman with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh had no immediate information on criminal charges, though Mayle said an investigation was continuing.

Authorities haven’t said what prompted them to trace the packages to the Murrysville post office, where local police, the Allegheny County bomb squad and federal agents arrived Tuesday afternoon.



The bomb squad X-rayed the packages before hitting them with a water cannon, which enabled investigators to safely find unspecified contents. The packages didn’t contain bombs, Mayle said.

The packages had a fake return address and contained material that was “inappropriate” but similar to that mailed to the girls in the past. Although five packages were involved, Mayle wouldn’t say how many girls were the intended recipients or why they were targeted.

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