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Search uncovers makeshift bombs, guns at felon's home in Bellingham

An X-ray photo of a makeshift bomb found at a home in Belligham (Photo: Whatcom County Sheriff's Office)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Investigators discovered a cache of guns, ammunition and three makeshift explosive devices at the Bellingham home of a convicted felon who is a suspect in a drive-by shooting last month, the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office said.

The suspect, Robert K. Chase, has been in jail since he and an accused accomplice were arrested on March 7 following the shooting that nearly wounded a 17-year-old boy, the Bellingham Herald reported. Chase has pleaded not guilty.

During the investigation, detectives learned there might be illegal guns and explosives at Chase's home in the 2600 block of Cagey Road.

A search warrant served Tuesday morning uncovered three explosive devices -- two described as a makeshift grenade and a third that was a dual-triggered bomb containing pellets and large screws, police said. Bomb squad technicians destroyed the explosive devices.

In addition, investigators found two rifles, a handgun, parts and tools used to make fully automatic guns, additional bomb making materials, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Deputies say state and federal prosecutors are now considering additional charges against Chase, who as a convicted felon is prohibited from owning guns. For now, he remains held on charges related to the drive-by shooting.

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