Fort Plain man, 46, charged in pipe bomb case, Montgomery County Sheriff says

A Montgomery County Sheriff's car and a man's mugshot

Gregory Campione – Source: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

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FORT PLAIN – A Fort Plain man was identified Monday as the man accused of possessing a pipe bomb found in a car outside a residence Thursday, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said.

Gregory Campione, 46, of Fort Plain, was charged  with one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, officials said.

The investigation began Thursday as sheriff’s deputies and Fort Plain police responded to a report of a pipe bomb located inside of a vehicle on Main Street in the village, officials said. A release did not specify how the device was located.

Police then closed off several streets as they investigated. The New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit responded and several hours later, the scene was deemed safe and the roads reopened, officials said.

Investigators then sought and received a search warrant for the residence where the device was located, officials said.

Campione was arraigned and released to return to court later.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Plain Police Department were assisted by the office of District Attorney Lorraine Diamond, the New York State Police and the Fort Plain Fire Department.

By Steven Cook

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