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Arrest made after 16 firearms, drugs allegedly discovered in home of convicted felon

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 12:03:04-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Authorities have arrested a man after Omaha Police detectives learned he was allegedly selling meth and was in possession of numerous firearms at his residence. According to OPD, the suspect has at least one prior felony conviction.

Narcotics detectives obtained a court-authorized search warrant for the residence of 35-year-old Robert Thielen on Tuesday. Uniform Patrol Bureau Officers (UPB) helped the detectives with the warrant.

UPB officers tried to stop a vehicle leaving the residence for improper plates near 102nd and Maple.

Omaha Police say the vehicle then fled and the OPD Air Support Unit helicopter was overhead and followed the vehicle of the suspect.

Police said the driver stopped, fled on foot and was quickly located and arrested. Theilen was the driver, according to authorities.

A handgun was allegedly found near Theilen during his arrest.

A total of 15 additional firearms including six handguns, one home defense shotgun, three hunting-style rifles and six assault-style rifles were seized after authorities searched the residence, according to OPD.

Police also allegedly found distribution amounts of THC products, five grams of meth, five grams of cocaine and anabolic steroid products at the home.

Thielen was booked for 16 counts of Felon in Possession of Firearm, Controlled substance, Felony Use of a Vehicle to Avoid Arrest and Unlawful Display of License Plates.

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