NBC: Bomber Left Valuable Info Behind On Cell Phones Used In Bombs

Law enforcement officials may have gotten a lucky break thanks to not-so-smart moves from the bomber.

Investigators were able to extract call histories from cell phones attached to the bombs that did not detonate in New York and New Jersey to find clues that led them to the suspect, NBC News reported on Monday.

NBC’s Pete Williams reported on air that authorities were able to “exploit” cell phones attached to the bomb that did not go off in Manhattan and a bomb that did not fully detonate in Seaside Park, New Jersey, for phone numbers dialed and a fingerprint. Combined with surveillance video, authorities were able to identify Ahmad Khan Rahami.

“Authorities were able to exploit that cell phone for phone numbers that were dialed and other information on it,” Williams said in the 11 a.m. hour on MSNBC, referring to the bomb found on 27th street in Chelsea. “Same thing with a cell phone attached to the device that was planted in Seaside Park, New Jersey, on Saturday at the 5k race that only partially went off, sort of fizzled out.”

“That, plus a fingerprint found on one of those unexploded devices and then the surveillance video police say shows Rahami at the scene of the two places in New York City where bombs were placed on Saturday night,” Williams continued. “So that gave them a huge amount of evidence to work with.”

Rahami, a suspect wanted for the bombs in New Jersey and New York, was taken into custody on Monday morning .

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