BLACKFOOT — A report of a threat made with a gun led the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office to discover a motorcycle that had been stolen three years earlier.
Robert Wetherbee, 51, was arrested Feb. 1 after investigators found the motorcycle, a gun with a laser sight attached, and drugs at his house, according to court documents.
A man who worked on Wetherbee’s property had contacted the sheriff’s office days earlier to report Wetherbee had pointed the 9mm handgun at him.
The worker told police he went to Wetherbee’s house with his dog to see what work there was for the day. He said Wetherbee became angry after the dog began scooting on his floor and told the worker to leave.
The worker returned to apologize to Wetherbee. The conversation turned into an argument about the dog and the worker’s pay. The worker threatened to quit and left. When he looked back, Wetherbee was pointing the gun at him and yelled at him to leave. The worker got in his car and left.
The victim told investigators Wetherbee hid the gun above his bathroom door, that he keeps marijuana and methamphetamine in his office and that there was a stolen motorcycle in a shed behind the house.
Wetherbee did not respond the first time law enforcement knocked on his door. They returned with a search warrant and found the gun, 38 grams of marijuana and less than one gram of meth.
The motorcycle was found in the shed. Investigators determined it had been stolen in Bingham County in 2014. The worker told deputies Wetherbee traded meth for it with the man who first stole it.
Wetherbee was charged with aggravated assault, punishable with up to five years in prison, unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon (punishable by up to five years in prison), possession of a controlled substance (seven years in prison) and grand theft by receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property (one to 14 years in prison). He was also charged with two misdemeanors, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, each punishable with up to a year in jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.