Sheriff's deputy arrested for allegedly planting a hoax bomb

TAMPA, FLORIDA (NBC) - A Florida deputy has been charged after sending a toy bomb to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, Lieutenant Joseph Gerretz received a package containing a handwritten note with the word "Boom" written on it.

The sheriff's office was evacuated and a bomb squad was called in.
James Piper resigned later that day after he admitted to mailing the toy bomb to the agency as a joke.

Piper was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and charged with planting of a hoax bomb, a second-degree felony.