Stolen guns, drugs, possible bomb seized in Tuesday raid

Anthony R. Booth, 29, of Perry was arrested Tuesday on a Dallas County warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of driving while barred.

A search of a house in Perry Tuesday morning yielded stolen firearms, drugs and a suspected improvised explosive device (IED), according to local law enforcement.

The incident began about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at 1819 Sixth St. in Perry, where the Greene County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant in connection with two residential burglaries earlier this month in rural Greene County.

In the course of the search, Anthony R. Booth, 29, of 1819 Sixth St., Perry, was arrested on a Dallas County warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of driving while barred.

“The gentleman who lived there did two burglaries in our county,” said Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams, “and we just did the search warrant to hopefully recover the stolen property from our burglaries. We did recover the majority of it.”

Williams said stolen firearms were recovered along with tools and television sets. He said suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia were also seized, with the filing of additional charges pending lab tests of the items.

No details were available in regard to the possible bomb found at the residence. The office of the Iowa State Fire Marshall assisted in dealing with the device.

“We have to wait to verify that, yes, it was gunpowder or whatever he had inside of it,” Williams said. “The State Fire Marshall’s office actually took the suspected IED.”

The Dallas County Sheriff’s office and Perry Police Department assisted in the search.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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