San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies seized 16 firearms allegedly owned by a convicted felon as part of a surprise search on Thursday morning. The search occurred before 8 a.m. at a house at the 500 block of Terrace Avenue in Half Moon Bay.
At least seven Sheriff’s patrol cars surrounded the home to serve a search warrant to 47-year-old John Fotinos. Another team of deputies simultaneously searched a Pacifica storage locker that he was renting out.
Deputies performed the search after receiving a tip that Fotinos had a stockpile of weapons. Fotinos, a former Newark firefighter, was arrested for felony grand theft in 2007 after he sold a friend’s truck and pocketed the money for himself. Earlier this year, he was accused of lying about his income as he went through divorce proceedings with his wife. As a felon, he is prohibited from possessing any firearms.
The two searches turned up nine long-barrel firearms, seven handguns and about 10,000 rounds of ammunition.
Fotinos was arrested at his home and booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility.