A 47-year-old felon from Half Moon Bay, already facing charges of stockpiling firearms, was arrested a second time after San Mateo County prosecutors urged a judge to raise his bail.

The man, John Fotinos, was out of custody on a $50,000 bail bond after being arrested in a surprise house search earlier this month. Saying he had new information on the crime, a Superior Court judge last week decided Fontino’s bail was too low, and he raised it to $320,000. The judge later decided to pull it back to $250,000.

Fotinos was originally arrested on June 14 when Sheriff’s deputies raided his home and a Pacifica storage locker on a tip he had illegal weapons. The search turned up 16 firearms and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

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. He also faces a separate case for allegedly lying in court during his divorce proceedings.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.




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