- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A year after small explosions outside two churches stirred a scare in Las Cruces, authorities announced $40,000 in rewards Tuesday for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The top FBI agent for New Mexico also made a public appeal on the one-year anniversary of the explosions for anyone who believed they may be able to provide information to come forward.

No tip would be considered too small as investigators try to piece together leads, FBI Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade said.

“We understand the public’s frustration with the lack of resolution in this case, and we as law enforcement agencies certainly share in that frustration,” Wade said at a news conference. “With the public’s help, we will track down to bring justice to those who violate one of the most precious liberties that we have in this country - that is to peacefully gather in our houses of worship.”

The explosions on Aug. 2, 2015, outside Calvary Baptist Church and Holy Cross Catholic Church caused little damage and no injuries, but authorities have said the devices could have injured people. The force of the explosions sent shards flying, shattered a window and launched a mailbox nearly 200 feet.

The two churches are several miles apart.

A suspicious device found outside a third church two weeks later was later determined to also be a bomb. It malfunctioned and failed to go off, the FBI said.

The FBI has a standing $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

A taskforce of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County authorities also is offering a $20,000 reward through September, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported (https://bit.ly/2az3Evl).


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