THOMASVILLE — A firearm stolen in an April store burglary in Tallahassee was recovered Monday in a traffic stop at North Boulevard and North Stevens Street.
A patrol officer stopped a vehicle for an obstructed tag. When the officer approached the vehicle and driver, he detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, said Lt. Toby Knifer, Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division commander.
"The driver appeared to be very nervous," Knifer said.
A search of the vehicle produced a .380-caliber pistol Knifer said was among 44 firearms stolen in the April Tallahassee burglary.
"We discovered it was stolen from Kevin's Sporting Goods," Knifer said.
A jar containing marijuana was found in a backpack in the vehicle.
The driver, Rahem Tyrell Brinson, 27, 717 Lester St., is charged wth possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, marijuana possession and several traffic violations.
"Right now, we're trying to find out how he came into possession of the stolen firearm," Knifer said.
Detectives have not determined whether Brinson was directly involved in the burglary or if he came into possession of the firearm later.
Within a few hours of the burglary, an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led to Thomasville. To date, a number of Thomasville residents, including juveniles, have been charged in the burglary.
Early in the investigation, Knifer set a deadline for stolen firearms to be turned in without prosecution.
"Nobody came forward with any of the firearms," the commander said, adding several of the stolen guns have been recovered.
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