Jamestown, Ca — 53-year-old James Lynn Phipps of Jamestown was arrested early this morning at the C and C Mini Mart in Jamestown after a Sheriff´s deputy noticed a pipe bomb in the suspect´s vehicle.
At 1:30am, Deputy Jeff Gempler spoke with Phipps and his passenger because the vehicle reportedly looked suspicious. After the pipe bomb was located, the Calaveras County Bomb Squad was called in and the area was evacuated, taped off and secured. The evidence was collected and the area was rendered safe at 4:30am.
Phipps was placed under arrest, while the passenger was released. The investigation into why Phipps had a pipe bomb is continuing.
Written by BJ Hansen