A former fire chief accused of stealing from his rural Lincoln fire department was arrested Thursday on suspicion of illegally owning guns as a felon, Lincoln police said.
Officers arrested John Porter at his east Lincoln house at 10:15 a.m. Thursday and jailed him for having a deadly weapon, Lincoln Police officer Katie Flood said in an email.
Porter had pleaded guilty to committing felony theft in 2006, and a Cheyenne County Court judge sentenced him to serve 90 days in jail, two years' probation and 100 hours community service, according to court records.
Armed with a warrant, investigators searched Porter’s house, SUV and pickup Tuesday at 7820 Lillibridge Ave. They found at least 17 guns -- nine shotguns and eight rifles -- and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Lincoln Police Officer Don Fosler told a judge in the warrant.
Officers jailed Porter on suspicion of possessing a deadly weapon as a prohibited person, a felony. He still was in the Lancaster County jail Friday afternoon.
Earlier this month, Lancaster County prosecutors charged Porter with felony theft by deception for allegedly stealing $38,500 from the Southeast Rural Fire Department over the course of two years.