7 Pipe Bombs Found at Buglary Suspect's Residence | Crime
A burglary investigation turned into a search for explosives, just south of Sierra Vista, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Officer Carol Capas said.
On Thursday, March 10th, at about 5pm the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary that had occurred at a residence in the 4000 block of Monsanto Avenue, south of Sierra Vista.
Deputies made contact with two men who were in the area and after questioning they were considered suspects in the burglary, Officer Capas stated.
Sheriff’s Deputies went the 5000 block of Santa Elena, which was one of the suspect’s residence, just south of Sierra Vista. Stolen property was seen in the front yard. A search warrant was obtained, and located in a storage shed was several suspicious items.
Deputies were led to believe that there was a possible meth lab inside the residence as well as explosives.
The Cochise County Bomb Technician confirmed that there were some type of explosives were being manufactured or had been manufactured at the residence.
Neighbors were told of the situation and one family left the area, while three others remained until told to do otherwise. Cochise County Road Department personnel were called to the scene to facilitate the road closure, according to Officer Capas.
Bomb squad personnel found seven pipe bombs, which were secured with the use of a robot.
The canine team did not find any indication of a meth lab. The scene was all cleared at about 5am.
Two suspects were arrested:
- 37-year-old Matthew Aaron Hopkins of Sierra Vista
- 29-year-old Daniel Fraley Buhr of Hereford
Both are being charged with:
- Criminal Damage
- Manufacture/Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
The investigation is being continued by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.