Coeur d'Alene couple arrested for check fraud and pipe bomb - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Coeur d'Alene couple arrested for check fraud and pipe bomb

Michael Cornelsen Michael Cornelsen
Sunshine Cornelsen Sunshine Cornelsen

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene couple was arrested Wednesday after police investigating check fraud found a pipe bomb at their home.

On April 2, 2008 Coeur d'Alene Police responded to 121 W. Neider Ave. suspicious that two people were attempting to pass a forged travelers check. But by the time the officers arrived the suspects had already left the area.

Later investigation revealed that the two suspects had already passed a similar forged travelers check at another Coeur d'Alene Safeway store at 1001 N. 4th St.

With help from witnesses, officers located the two suspects at their residence at 510 Wallace Ave #1. The suspects were identified as 26-year old Michael Cornelsen and 22-year old Sunshine Cornelsen.

A search of their home revealed evidence proving forgery of the travelers checks. Officers discovered the Cornelsens had also passed a forged travelers check at the Fashion Bug at 291 W. Canfield Ave.

Police also discovered a pipe bomb in the house, forcing the evacuation of the area was evacuated and a response by the Spokane County Bomb Squad, who defused the bomb without incident.   

The Cornelsens were arrested for several counts of burglary and transported to the Kootenai County Jail.

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