Police: Fulton man found with illegal cache of guns

Seven loaded handguns, seven rifles, some stolen, seized in Clinton, Iowa

Robert Lee Poore
Robert Lee Poore

CLINTON, Iowa – A Fulton man arrested with more than a dozen guns, some stolen, is in Clinton County Jail tonight, likely facing federal charges.

According to Clinton County court records, and Clinton police:

Robert Lee Poore, 42, who was reported to police to be asleep behind the wheel of his running Durango in the parking lot of a Subway restaurant, was arrested around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Police found seven loaded handguns, seven rifles, 25 loaded magazines, six speed loaders, two suppressors, four knives and a meth pipe on his person and in his SUV.

One of the rifles, a Savage 3006, was reported stolen from Whiteside County, another, a Remington 600 .308, was stolen from Carroll County.

Poore, who lives on Waller Road off state Route 84 between Fulton and Thompson, is charged with two counts of third-degree theft, carrying weapons (for the six handguns found on his person), two counts of possession of offensive weapons, and possession of firearm suppressors, all felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

His has a full-cash bond of $10,000, which had not been posted as of Friday night.

According to a Clinton police news release issued today, information on Poore's arrest was passed on to the FBI and to the Black Hawk Area Task Force, which investigates regional drug crimes.

FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, assisted by the BHATF, the Whiteside County Sheriff's office, a Quad Cities bomb squad, and other local law enforcement agencies, served federal search warrant around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at a home on Route 84, in the same area as Poore's home.

That case is sealed, and officials are declining to confirm whether Poore's arrest sparked the warrant, which was served after officers spent all day Wednesday and Thursday morning surveilling the home.

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