Three busted in arson attempt |

Three busted in arson attempt

The FBI announced Monday that authorities have arrested three Newcastle residents in connection with a December arson attempt on a residential development in Lincoln.

On Dec. 27, three explosive devices were found at a Lincoln housing development. Those bombs, and several subsequent ones, were believed to have been planted by the eco-terrorist group Earth Liberation Front.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter and U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced in a joint statement Monday that the suspects arrested were Eva Holland, 25; Lili Marie Holland, 20; and Jeremiah Colcleasure, 24.

Eva and Lili Holland were arrested without incident in Loomis and Newcastle, respectively, on March 4, and Colcleasure was arrested Monday. All three were arrested by the Sacramento Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Placer County Special Operations Unit.

The three were charged with conspiracy to commit arson. Authorities have not said whether they believe the suspects are affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front.

The Sacramento Joint Terrorism Task Force is still investigating two similar incidents in which explosive devices recently were found – on Feb. 13 at the Placer County Courthouse in Auburn and Feb. 15 at the Auburn Department of Motor Vehicles office. Those bombs did not explode.

Several other incidents believed to be linked to the Earth Liberation Front have rocked foothill communities in the past several months, including:

• On Jan. 12, five bombs were found in an Auburn office complex. Last month, FBI officials arrested a 21-year-old Newcastle man in connection with the attempted bombing.

• On Feb. 7, seven firebombs exploded in a Sutter Creek (Amador County) apartment complex. Four unoccupied apartments were destroyed.

Graffiti at the site and letters written to area newspapers claimed the bombs were the work of the ELF.

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