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CA bay area man arrested for planning a hate crime using pipe bombs

Vincent Joseph O’Sullivan, 55, was arrested in suspicion of petty theft, making threats and a hate crime.
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Sonoma County Sheriff

A man living near California’s wine country was arrested after he made threats against the LGBT community saying he was going to set off pipe bombs at a local Safeway and a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office substation.

Local authorities say Vincent Joseph O’Sullivan, 55, was arrested in suspicion of petty theft, making threats and a hate crime. His bail is set at $50,000.

Santa Rosa’s Press Democrat reported that O’Sullivan took a Pride flag from a pole outside the chamber of commerce on April 26. The flag was replaced soon after, but O’Sullivan absconded with that one as well.

It is reported that the replacement flag was not actually installed by the Russian River Chamber of Commerce, but placed there by the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

There is a new flag which flies beneath the U.S. flag and California state flag, but the flagpole now is equipped with an anti-theft device.