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Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:30 PM

Updated: Jan 25, 2013 8:37 PM

STARR COUNTY - Authorities are using home surveillance videos in their investigation into a dozen black powder canisters left in a Rio Grande City neighborhood.

The incident forced a three-hour evacuation Tuesday night.

"You see him slowing down here," Rio Grande Police Investigator Noe Castillo said while viewing a surveillance video.

Castillo said officials are using the videos to get leads in the case.

"It's really important for people in the community to have surveillance ... it makes our job a lot easier," Castillo said.

One surveillance video shows the suspect's vehicle pulling up to a mailbox.

The suspect dropped the black powder containers in trashcans around the neighborhood.

"We still have a bunch of possibilities of what it could be, and we'll see if we can figure that out," he said.

Officials evacuated the neighborhood and called a bomb squad out of McAllen to handle the powder containers. Officers with the bomb squad determined that the containers did not have powder in them. They had pieces of paper with names on them and candy.

"The names in each canister were all identical. We had a male and female name ... but the names didn't turn up to anybody in the vicinity that we could cross reference. We're still looking into it," Castillo said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Rio Grande City Crime Stoppers at 956-487-8892.

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