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Gary police recover gun they say was stolen almost 50 years ago

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GARY, W. Va (WVVA)-- In a news release, Gary Police told WVVA they recovered a handgun stolen 47 years ago.

The original crime happened in New York City on April 22, 1967, said Gary Police Chief S.P. McKinney. 

But when the gun was next seen, the chief had been on a routine patrol of Gary. He stopped a tool truck after noticing the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and asked the driver if there were any firearms inside. He says this is his policy. The driver produced a short-barreled  .357 magnum, loaded, from under the seat, along with a VA concealed carry permit.

When he ran the credentials, McKinney said the gun came back stolen. He cited the driver for not wearing a seatbelt and released him because the person had been one year old when the gun was stolen. Police the man had not known the gun was stolen property at the time he was stopped.

McKinney contacted the NYCPD's Stolen Property Unit, who is now working to find the gun's original owner.

"Routine traffic stops consistently net major property recoveries, and often lead to major arrests," said McKinney in a statement.

He said the Gary PD has recovered three guns in the past year this way, and made several felony arrests by following basic procedures on every stop.
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