Two Arrested After Police Find Stolen Rifle

Two Winamac residents were arrested June 6 after Pulaski County officers found them to be in possession of a stolen firearm. Officers were called to a domestic dispute and, while information was being gathered concerning the alleged incident, they found a weapon after the suspect said there weren’t any weapons in the home.

Hollis Howard was asked about his status as a convicted felon after he confirmed he was a convicted felon, officers searched the home and found a .22 caliber rifle in the kitchen area. Howard stated that he had forgotten about the rifle and the weapon was in the home for his wife’s protection. He reportedly stated that he had gotten it from an uncle some time ago. Police ran the serial numbers of the rifle and discovered it had been reported stolen to the Hobart Police Department.

Hollis and Cynthia Howard were arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon and Possession of Stolen Property. The case has been forwarded to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office for further review.