Police say DNA Links Man to Pipe Bombs
Residents of a Palm Springs neighborhood where several pipe bombs were found last week are breathing a sigh of relief now that a Desert Hot Springs man is behind bars for the crimes. Video by kmir6.comvideo
Residents of a Palm Springs neighborhood where several pipe bombs were found last week are breathing a sigh of relief now that a Desert Hot Springs man is behind bars for the crimes.
47-year-old Edward Allen Costa is facing charges of making pipe bombs and putting them in a Palm Springs neighborhood.
People living there say they are relieved to hear an arrest was made, but still want to know why anyone would do that.
The street is peaceful now, but in May, it was on lockdown after six pipe bombs were found in the neighborhood on different days.
Kristine Kehl's mother lives on the block.
"It was a little scary for her, but of course being 3500 miles away it makes it scary for us," said Kehl.
The bomb squad was called in, and the roads shut down.
"That's when I saw the police cars, and a few, maybe half an hour later, when I was sitting relaxing, I heard the pipe bomb go off," said Palm Springs resident, David Gonzales.
Palm Springs resident Charles Hislop said, "Probably some idiot was going around town trying to make a scare, trying to make a point of some sort."
Police arrested 47-year-old Edward Costa of Desert Hot Springs on Thursday night.
He also had an active warrant for a felony drugs charge.
"Makes me feel a lot better because my mother does live here, and it makes me feel a little bit more comfortable knowing that situation is now over and handled," said Kehl.
The search warrant says DNA from the pipe bombs was also linked to Costa.
"I just can't believe that somebody would do something like that, that's pretty scary especially in this area you know, why would you, I just don't understand it you know. Why would you want to, I just don't get it," said Gonzales.
A woman told police her daughter had an ex-boyfriend named Edward Costa whom she thought was making the pipe bombs because she had seen pvc piping at his home.
She also told police she was worried because one was found near her daughter's home
"It's all about choices, and sometimes people don't make the best choices so kudos to the police department for handling that," said Kehl.
The man who found the first two pipe bombs told us on the phone he was happy that it was all over now.
Many law enforcement agencies worked on this investigation including the Palm Springs Police, the FBI, the ATF and several other agencies.
Police say they found marijuana plants, a flare gun, a shotgun shells, gunpowder and a metal end-cap at Costa's home.
They also said Costa had meth in his pocket.