Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 11, 2014

Gary police chief recovers handgun stolen from New York 46 years ago

GARY — A routine traffic stop Thursday afternoon in Gary led to the recovery of a handgun that had been reported stolen from New York City 46 years ago.

Gary Police Chief S.P. McKinney observed a male subject operating a vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at 12:20 p.m. near the Bantam Market in Main Gary.

“The subject that I stopped had a valid Virginia concealed carry permit, but when I checked the .357 Magnum pistol that he had, it came back that it had been stolen from New York on April 26, 1967,” McKinney said. He said the pistol was loaded.

After checking his license, McKinney determined that the driver was only one year old when the handgun was stolen. “I thought I could eliminate him as a suspect so I did not charge him for that. I cited him for operating a vehicle without wearing a seat belt.”

McKinney said that he contacted the New York City Police Department to report that the stolen property was recovered. “If they can locate the owner, I will return the property,” he said.

McKinney did not release the name of the driver. “He does not have any criminal involvement in that case,” McKinney said.

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