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Cops: 19 machine guns, grenade launcher seized from utility worker's home

While serving a search warrant tied to alleged theft charges, police found 19 machine guns and a grenade launcher in the home of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employee, police said Wednesday.

John Joseph Hunten, 45, was arrested Feb. 1 on suspicion of multiple gun-related charges, LAPD Officer Christopher No said.

Police were at the man's North Hollywood home in the 6600 block of Irvine Avenue about 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 when they found 19 machine guns and a grenade launcher, No said.

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Officers were serving a search warrant tied to alleged charges of grand theft and stolen personal property.

Hunten, who works for the LADWP, is being held at Men's Central Jail in downtown. Bail was set at $2.27 million.