Police investigating after smoke bomb is thrown into grocery store, truck

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This surveillance image shows the suspect leaving Broulim’s after throwing a smoke bomb into the lobby. | Rexburg Police Department

REXBURG — The Rexburg Police Department is looking for a man who threw a smoke bomb into a grocery store and pickup truck Wednesday night.

Police were called to Broulim’s on Main Street around 8:55 p.m. after receiving a report that the explosive was emitting smoke and a foul smell in the lobby of the supermarket.

The smoke bomb caused minor damage to a rug inside the Broulim’s lobby Wednesday evening. | Rexburg Police Department

“Security footage of the incident shows the male individual approaching the front of the store, lighting something behind a vehicle then running toward the door and throwing it in,” Rexburg Police Capt. Randy Lewis tells EastIdahoNews.com.

Six minutes later, the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck reported four passengers in a silver Toyota Prius pulled up next to him in the parking lot and threw a smoke bomb in the bed of his truck. The truck driver tried to follow the Prius but lost site of the vehicle.

Police say the suspect used a Think Pink smoke bomb. | Rexburg Police Department

“These situations aren’t jokes. They can lead to serious problems if there are flammable liquids or other items around that could ignite,” Lewis says. “Explosives can take a life or injure someone or cause destruction to a building. It’s not funny.”

Police ask anyone with information on the incidents to call (208) 359-3008.