Pink Gloves Helped Police Zero In on Mark Conditt

Pink gloves helped lead police to Mark Conditt
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2018 4:58 AM CDT
Updated Mar 22, 2018 6:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police say 23-year-old Mark Conditt was the man who terrorized Austin with a weekslong bombing spree—but they don't know if they'll ever be able to say why. Police say a 25-minute recording found on Conditt's cellphone after he blew himself up early Wednesday contains a detailed description of seven explosive devices he built, but no suggestion that the bombings were hate crimes against any particular group or linked to any terrorist organizations. "I know everybody is interested in a motive and understanding why. And we're never going to be able to put a [rationale] behind these acts," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters Wednesday night, per CNN. Manley said the video was the "outcry of a very challenged young man talking about the challenges in his life." In other coverage:

  • Pink gloves. Investigators trying to track down the bomber caught a major break when surveillance footage from a FedEx store showed a suspect wearing pink construction gloves, the New York Times reports in a look at the hunt for Conditt. After investigators discovered the gloves were sold at Home Depot, they spotted the same suspect in surveillance video from an Austin-area store. Conditt was already a suspect thanks to license plate and cellphone data.

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