How two thieves may have helped minimize damage from the NY bombings

How two thieves may have helped minimize damage from the NY bombings

How two thieves may have helped minimize damage from the NY bombings New York police say they want to question two men who apparently stumbled across a homemade bomb that was apparently part of this weekend’s attacks.

The men apparently came across a bag lying on a city street, according to a Reuters report. The men took the bag and left behind its contents – a pressure cooker that turned out to be a homemade bomb. That was lucky for police, as the device was left exposed on 27th Street, and was discovered soon after another bomb exploded a few blocks away, injuring 29 people. Police say the discovery allowed them to prevent a second detonation.

The two men were caught on surveillance camera footage, according to Reuters. Police consider them potential witnesses in the bombing, not suspects.

“They looked like they were two gentlemen just strolling up and down Seventh Avenue at the time,” NYPD chief of detectives Robert Boyce said. “We have no information that would link them to this at all. However, we still want to talk to them, obviously.”

The surveillance footage showed the two men picking up the back, removing the device, and leaving with the bag, Reuters reported.

“Once they picked up the bag, they seemed incredulous they had actually picked this up off the street and they walked off with it,” Boyce said.

On Monday, 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Ramani was arrested for the bombings following a shootout with police. He’s been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer for the shootout, according to CNN.