Sheriff’s Office searching for maker of booby-trap |

Sheriff’s Office searching for maker of booby-trap

BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a person who rigged a cabin near Breckenridge with explosives.On Sunday, the landlord of the cabin and two other witnesses called police to the cabin one mile east of the B&B Mine Placer on County Road 565. Intending to clean out the cabin, the three found a metal pipe, tripwire and shotgun shell in the driveway.According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, the landlord told deputies he had evicted the tenant of the cabin, David James Walt, age unknown, also known as “Buck Walt” and “Buckskin,” on Dec. 27. Other witnesses told deputies Walt reportedly threatened to blow up the cabin if he was ever forced to leave.The landlord and the two other people entered the cabin after finding the setup in the driveway and discovered a battery connected by wires to an ammunition can containing another explosive device. Investigating further, the three found another explosive device in a different room connected to two large ammunition cases.Sheriff’s deputies contacted the bomb squad of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The bomb squad arrived a short while later and searched the cabin further, finding five empty tubes of a liquid explosive, fuses and a detonation cord. Investigators found other bomb-making equipment, as well.According to the Sheriff’s Office statement, the explosives had the potential power to destroy the cabin and anything within a 25-yard radius.”It could have been pretty bad,” Morales said. “Luckily, they noticed the stuff immediately and contacted us.”Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Walt and continue to search for him. Walt is known for dressing in animal skins. No other description was provided.Anyone with information on Walt’s whereabouts can contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 453-2232.Anonymous tips also can be provided to Summit County Crime Stoppers by calling (866) 453-STOP. Summit County Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information that helps solve crimes in Summit County.Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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