Chatham man charged after stolen rifle found in truck

Photo of recovered stolen rifle. Photo: CKPS.

A 31-year-old Chatham man is facing charges after a traffic stop on King Street East last night.

Police say a man driving a truck on King Street East in Chatham was stopped by an officer on general patrol last night as the man is known to be prohibited from driving due to unpaid fines. The suspension was confirmed and the man was arrested.

A gun case and Johnson outboard motor were reportedly found in the back seat of the truck. Inside the gun case was a loaded Ruger 10/22 .22 calibre rifle.

Police identified the rifle as the one stolen from Siskind Court in Chatham on February 26th. Police also identified the boat motor as the one stolen from a business on Indian Creek Road in Chatham on April 2nd.

A query of the man revealed that he was currently prohibited from possessing any firearm, cross-bow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, or explosive substance.

The man has been charged with driving while under suspension, being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5000 along with several weapon related offences. He is in custody for a bail hearing. The truck was towed from the scene.

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