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Pipe bombs, guns found in Valdosta locker

July 3, 2007

Valdosta -- Eight pipes bombs, an arsenal of guns and ammunition.  All found in a rented locker of Christopher Riendeau of Naples, Florida.

And his tale sounds like something straight out of a movie script. 

The latest installment began at 1:30 Monday afternoon, when two bounty hunters came to Continental Self Storage of Inner Perimeter Road to collect merchandise from a recently apprehended Riendeau. 

"When the bounty hunter did that he found items he believed were explosives and a significant amount of firearms," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department.

Police blocked off the area between Jaycee Shack Road and North Forrest Streets and told nearby businesses to evacuate.

And the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Squad was brought in to dispose of the active bombs found inside.  "We came in and rendered the bombs safe using robots and other devices," say Chris Dorsey, a bomb technician with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

This isn't the first time authorities raided property associated with Riendeau.  In May, Deputies in Collier County, Florida raided his apartment. 

They found a pipe bomb making workshop, inactive hand grenades, receipts from gun part purchases, books about warfare and multiple gunscopes.  The arsenal found here was just as scary.  "I mean firearms ranging from hand guns to pistols to rifles to machine guns," Childress adds.

Luckily, Riendeau is behind bars at the Collier County Jail, his dangerous belongings confiscated.  He's expected to face more state and federal charges in Georgia.

Authorities aren't sure why Riendeau chose to store the weapons in Valdosta or how or if he planned to use them.

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