FULTON, Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE 4/16: More details have been released following an incident that resulted in a man being arrested in Clinton, Iowa.
Police arrested 42-year-old, Robert Poore, after he was found passed out in a vehicle in a parking lot at the Subway on North 2nd Street.
After an investigation, multiple charges were filed against Poore including Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 3rd-degree Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Unauthorized Possession of Offensive Weapons, Carrying Weapons and Possession of Firearm Suppressor.
Following his arrest, a large investigation was conducted at Poore's property.
Legal documents show that officials were called to the Subway on North 2nd Street on March 26 shortly before 10 p.m. There officials say they found Poore sleeping in a running vehicle. Officials ran the plates on the vehicle and found it to belong to Poore, a Fulton, Illinois resident.
Documents show that Poore was woken up by officials and he was then asked to step out of the vehicle. Poore told officials during this time that he was armed according to the documents. Poore had a hammer and a flashlight in each back pocket according to the documents.
"During the pat-down, officers located several loaded handguns concealed on Poore's person," documents read. "Two of the handguns, a Glock Model 23, .40 caliber, pistol and a Glock, Model 19, nine-millimeter pistol had the slide of the handguns modified so the slide would not lock back. Officers conducted a functions check which revealed once the trigger was pulled and held on each gun the slide would react back and come forward firing another round without pulling the trigger a second time and would continue to fire as long as the trigger was held or until the magazine ran out of bullets. These appeared to be "homemade" modifications on the two handguns."
Documents say in addition to the loaded handguns, Poore also had six speed loaders, 25 loaded magazines, four knives and a pipe containing white residue consistent with illegal narcotics. All of these were located on Poore according to officials. Poore told police additionally that there was more in the vehicle according to documents.
Officers seized the vehicle for the execution of a state search warrant.
There, officials say they found a loaded Ruger .22 caliber handgun with what appeared to be a homemade suppressor/silencer, seven rifles, including a Ruger. 22 caliber rifle which had a homemade suppressor/silencer attached. An additional homemade silencer/suppressor was found in a box of ammunition.
Documents show two of those were reported stolen out of Whiteside County.
The following were seized from Poore's vehicle in total.
- Savage Arms, 30-06 caliber, Rifle
- Ruger, Model 300, .300 Win Mag caliber, Rifle
- Remington, Model 600, 308 caliber, Rifle
- Ruger, .223 caliber, Rifle
- Ruger, Model 10/22, .22 caliber Rifle
- Rock River Arms, Model LAR-15, 5.56 mm caliber, Rifle
- Glock, Model 23, .40 caliber, Pistol
- Ruger, Model LCR, 9mm caliber, Pistol
- Remington, Model 1911 R1, Pistol, 10mm caliber
- Ruger, .22 caliber, Pistol
- Cobra, Model C32, .32 caliber, Pistol
- Glock, Model 19, 9mm caliber, Pistol
- Ruger, Model LCP, .380 caliber, Pistol
You can read both documents in full below.
UPDATE 3/29/19: Clinton Police have released new information on a Fulton, Illinois man arrested on Tuesday, March 26th. Police say 42 year old Robert Lee Poore was found passed out in a vehicle in a parking lot of a Subway on N. Second Street.
After an investigation, police arrested Poore and charged him with:
Possession of drug paraphernalia
3rd-degree theft-possession of stolen property
unauthorized possession of offensive weapons
carrying weapons- concealed firearm
possession of firearm suppressor
Poore's property was the site of a massive investigation this week following his arrest.
We are still working to get details of that investigation.
ORIGINAL: The “peacefulness” of an area in rural Whiteside County, Illinois was abruptly changed Thursday as dozens of law enforcement officers descended on a trailer home.
"Pretty scary,” Deb, a neighbor who did not want to be shown, said. “Nothing like this has happened before. It is usually pretty peaceful out here."
Agents with the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bureau (ATF) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), along with several deputies from surrounding counties and police officers from the Fulton Police Department executed a search warrant at a home on the 23000 block of Route 84.
"There have been a lot of police around,” Deb said. “The state police, the sheriff. I saw police cars from Thompson. From Fulton”
Sheriff John Booker told TV6 that a federal search warrant was being served at the home, but could not go into details about the case. Neighbors told TV6 they started seeing police arrive at the home Tuesday morning. For people like Deb, the sight was so concerning, she didn’t leave her house without her gun.
"I figured if I saw anybody I said you better show me a badge,” Deb said.
Video from the TV6 drone showed a large property with a trailer home and three campers. The ground was covered with other property. Sheriff Booker said the operation was large.
"In my 28 years, this is the biggest operation I have seen with the cooperation of everyone, between local, state and federal agencies,” Booker said.
As law enforcement arrived at the home, Route 84 was shut down for about an hour from Thomson to the Great River Flea Market. Employees are the market arrived to find several cop cars in the parking lot.
"They started bringing more and more equipment in, bigger vehicles, more and more people,” employee Susan Rogers said.
A condemned sign now hangs on the side of the home and a propane tank hangs from a tree after the investigation.
The Whiteside County Sheriff said the search warrant in the case is sealed and because his office is not the lead agency, he can’t release more information.
The property owner, Robert Poore, was booked into the Clinton County, Iowa jail the day before the search warrant. He is charged with several drug and weapons charges, but it is unclear if his arrest is connected to the search warrant.