VENETA, Ore. – Deputies said they found what appeared to be a booby trap involving a rifle at a home in Veneta in May, the same site where two people were arrested Wednesday.
It remains unclear what authorities were searching for when they served a search warrant at the home on the 87000 block of Territorial Highway this week.
Court documents show on May 10, deputies went to the property to help with an investigation into land use violations.
Deputies said as they walked over to a shed, they saw a loaded rifle tied to a tire with a wire attached to the trigger. They said the wire led into the shed, and it appeared the gun was being remotely fired from inside the shed.
Deputies also said there was a device similar to a walkie-talkie next to the rifle with a wire leading into the shed. They said they saw an improvised silencer on the gun, and it looked like it had been fired multiple times.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office seized the gun after deputies said they couldn’t contact anyone inside the shed or the home on the property.
On Wednesday, Timothy Conn and Amber Koerth were arrested on the property. Koreth faces weapon and meth charges, and Connn faces charges for theft, identity theft and meth.
The bomb squad was also called in after and unknown substance was found on the property.
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