Former FBI agent shares insight on investigation into Austin bomber

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- While it's been a long couple of weeks for the Austin, Texas, community, a law enforcement expert said investigators solved the case pretty quickly.

A former FBI agent called the Austin bomber case complicated. He said with all the various factors and unknowns, he's surprised officials caught the suspect in just a couple weeks.

"Hard and complicated are probably two very good words," former FBI agent and profiler Pete Klismet said.

On Wednesday, police said they found who they thought was responsible for the bombings, 23-year-old Mark Conditt.

"I was surprised that they got it solved this quickly. They did a good job, and they focused on the right things," Klismet said.

Klismet said the circumstances in Austin remind him a lot of the random shootings across northern Colorado in 2015.

"We've got, a completely unknown situation and an unknown person that's running around much like we had up here in the Fort Collins area several years ago," Klismet said. "Randomly shooting people, or shooting at people."

Klismet said the biggest difference between the two cases is people in Austin had a lot more officers on the ground compared to the investigation in Colorado.

He said that means the suspect was caught in a matter of weeks instead of years.

"Consequently, the more people you have the more advantages it gives you to get things done," he said.

Police in Austin said they solved the case by by tracing receipts, then they used Google searches. Police also said surveillance video played a big role in the investigation.

"It's a case of good old law enforcement work," Klismet said.