Federal agents say the homemade bombs found Friday around Mesa County authorities have linked 54–year–old Robert Burke to a February bombing in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at his former employer's corporate headquarters. Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say there are strong similarities between the components and design of the devices used in the attacks in Grand Junction and Tennessee. ATF officials believe Robert Burke is solely responsible for the series of bombings that took place throughout the city Friday at the homes of five Serco employees.
All of which worked with Burke in the air traffic control tower at Walker Field Airport. Now they say they're almost certain he's responsible for a bomb that went off on the roof of a Serco's Project Management Office in Tennessee. Burke worked for Serco as an air traffic controller for ten years in various states. He was fired from his job at Walker Field Airport for personnel reasons in 2004.
And since then federal authorities believe he has been targeting his former co–workers and employer in an effort to retaliate.
Evidence collected from Friday's bombings was compared with evidence found by Tennessee law enforcement. ATF Special Agent Tom Mangan says the post blast investigation showed many similarities in the construction of the bombs. All had similar fillers, fuses and timing devices attached to them. Federal Agents are calling Robert Burke a serial bomber and say it's possible he could target Serco employees in Arizona, and California next. There are 12 different agencies working together to find Burke. A tip has lead authorities to believe he may be hiding out in remote areas of Colorado because he's an avid outdoors-man. Sunday morning the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Immigration and Custom's Enforcement conducted an aerial sweep from Glenwood Springs to Moab looking for any sign of Burke.