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Woman in counterfeiting and explosives case released

FORT WORTH -- Federal authorities have released the 29-year-old woman whose was arrest Tuesday led to the discovery of explosive devices inside their Fort Worth home, but her brother remains in custody. A detention hearing for Jack Arvil Taylor, 25, is planned for Monday. He and his sister, Amy Catherine Taylor made an initial appearance Wednesday on a federal counterfeiting complaint.

According to the federal complaint filed Tuesday the siblings are accused of trying to obtain a $600 money order at Wal-Mart in July using counterfeit $100 and $50 bills.

Police and Secret Services agents went to the home Tuesday morning to arrest the siblings on forgery warrants and saw the devices and some weapons inside. After getting a search warrant, authorities initially found three devices -- one of which was confirmed to be an explosive and the other two deemed "probable explosive material," said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

An additional three suspected explosive devices were found in a late-night search at a southwest Fort Worth home, police said Wednesday.

Henderson said the discovery of the additional devices caused police to halt their search of the house in the 3000 block of Meadowmoor at 9 p.m. Tuesday while the Fort Worth Fire Department's bomb squad disposed of them.

In all, Henderson said the search revealed six rifles inside the house, including an AR-15 mounted on a tripod and pointing out a bedroom window and an AK-47 rifle. In addition, police discovered a "tremendous amount of ammunition," Henderson stated in a release.

Henderson said the Secret Service confiscated counterfeiting equipment, including two computers and a printer, that investigators believe were used to reprint $100 and $50 denomination bills on top of washed $5 bills.

"The process they were using was very basic and not very sophisticated," Henderson said.

Henderson said the siblings are not suspected of being involved with any anti-government or supremacy groups but the investigation into their background and possible motives continue.

"Thankfully the Taylor siblings were discovered before their intentions became known through the use of those deadly devices," Henderson said.

The Secret Service is pursuing the counterfeiting investigation while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working the firearms and explosives cases, police said.

Shirley Calabrese, the siblings' mother, said she has lived at the house with her daughter, son and elderly mother since August and did not believe that her children were involved in anything illegal.

"I've been over here three months, and I haven't seen such a thing that would suggest that," Calabrese said. "I just don't believe it."

Her husband, Jeff Calabrese, said his stepson likes to collect firearms and "modify firecrackers" as a hobby, not to do harm.

"He never went anywhere that I know of to shoot them off," Jeff Calabrese said. "I've seen gunpowder [inside], but there's several different uses you use that for."

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