One of the IEDs in the alleged Greece bomb plot was 'functional'

February 05, 2019 05:45 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) -- At least one of the homemade bombs police found in the basement of a home in Greece was ready to blow up.

That's what News10NBC learned when we were in court with the suspects arrested in the bomb plot.


When Greece Police swarmed a little cape cod house in Greece two weeks ago, they say they found three homemade bombs in the basement.

The chief said those went to an FBI lab in Virginia. And the lead prosecutor told us the FBI says one of them was "functional." 

"I'm not aware of the exact status of the other devices that were seized," said Matthew Schwartz, chief of the DA's Special Investigation Bureau. 

Late Tuesday afternoon, Greece Police told us the others are still being tested. 

On Tuesday, two of the bomb plot suspects arrived at Greece Court in a Monroe County sheriff's van.

Brian Colaneri and Vincent Vetromile are still in jail and because of that, they get a hearing next Monday.

News10NBC Cheif Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "What happens at that?"

Steve Sercu, attorney for Vincent Vetromile: "Well that's where the government will put some proof towards the case and if that goes, we'll have some idea as to what happened." 

Brean: "And right now you don't have any of that. They don't share that information?"

Sercu: "Not, not at this point."

Brian Colaneri's lawyer declined to talk after court. But Colaneri's mother spoke to News10NBC the day he was arrested. 

"I'm just really upset," April Colaneri said. "I can't believe it happened. He's never been in trouble before. He's 20 years old."

Colaneri, Vetromile and Andrew Crysel are accused of plotting to attack a Muslim community near Binghamton.

Crysel posted bail so he walked into court with his lawyer and family. The grand jury gets his case right now. 

News10NBC found YouTube videos with Crysel and Vetromile. The videos show them handling and trying to load guns. 

"My client is in four. But I've only seen three and in one of them he's holding an air-soft gun, another one a BB gun, and then in another one a .22 which he could barely even load," said Jason Housel, Crysel's lawyer. "I have not seen anything where he makes a political statement or intent to harm anyone or anything of that nature."

The preliminary hearing for Colaneri and Vetromile is set for Monday afternoon. It will be canceled if the grand jury indicts them before that time.

There is a 16-year-old suspect in the case too.

His bail is set at $1 million and his case is in youth court.


Berkeley Brean

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