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DEVELOPING: FBI Investigating Suspicious PVC Pipes

By ARLnow.com

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 5:15pm  ET

(Updated at 5:50 p.m.) The FBI and Arlington County Police are investigating a suspicious find made by a utility crew.

The crew was digging in the area of Carlin Springs Road and N. Kensington Street, near the W&OD Trail, when they discovered what’s being described as eight PVC pipes labeled “ammunition.”

The county’s bomb squad investigated the contents of the pipes and didn’t find any hazards, Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. They have since cleared the scene. Police have cordoned off the area but so far there have been no traffic diversions.

The find comes just over a year after VDOT contractors found PVC pipes full of guns buried along Patrick Henry Drive, leading to an FBI investigation. The suspect in that case, Cherrydale resident Rodney Gunsauley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced earlier this year to 40 months in prison.

“It’s too early to say if it’s definitely related to him,” Sternbeck said of the pipes found today. “There are similar characteristics. It’s one avenue we’re pursuing. The investigation is on-going at this time.”

Sternbeck said Gunsauley buried items in multiple locations and it’s possible that he couldn’t remember all of the locations where he hid his weapons.

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