Stolen vehicle, guns recovered in Nobles County
Johnston-Burnett is being held in jail.
WORTHINGTON — A Wisconsin resident was recently held in police custody following a Nobles County traffic stop.
Police were notified June 16 that a vehicle reported stolen in Wisconsin was stopped at Blue Line Travel Center in Worthington. Dispatch also notified the officer that there were firearms in the vehicle that had been inside when it was stolen.
The officer followed the vehicle for a few miles down Interstate 90 before initiating a traffic stop. The driver, Lucas Johnston-Burnett, 28, of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, was arrested. Two shotguns and a loaded handgun were located inside the vehicle.
Johnston-Burnett has previously been convicted of multiple felony thefts and, due to a 2020 domestic violence conviction, is ineligible to possess a firearm. The vehicle was confirmed to have been stolen from Adams County, Wisconsin.
He was charged with possession of stolen property-firearm, possession of a firearm after a conviction of a crime of violence and possession of stolen property-motor vehicle, all felonies. The most serious charge, possession of a stolen firearm, carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine, but if convicted, Johnston-Burnett will be sentenced based on criminal history.
He is being held in Nobles County Jail on bail set at $250,000 with conditions or $500,000 without. His initial court appearance is set for Monday.