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IMPD recovers 2 AK-47 rifles, AR-15 after Thursday night incident

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Several large guns are off the streets and in the hands of police.

The assault style weapons were seized by the IMPD on the city’s near southeast side Thursday night after they were dropped by teenagers trying to elude the police.

According to IMPD Southeast District, officers were called to 2900 Draper Street in response to a report of subjects in the area with guns.

Officers saw two juvenile males in an open field; when those suspects spotted the officers, they discarded several weapons and ran away. While the teens were able to avoid capture, officers recovered the weapons left behind.

“It’s scary, the fact that they’re kids.  It’s concerning,” said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams.

The haul included two AK-47 rifles, an AR-15 rifle and a .40-caliber handgun. The weapons are currently in the property room and police said they would test them for fingerprints and DNA.

“The good part of this is we got some high powered rifles off the streets instead of in the hands of people who should not have them,” said Adams.

Police of course don’t know what the young suspects intended to do with such heavy firepower, but they do know the case illustrates the importance neighbors calling in their suspicions before crime happens.  That’s what police call “see something, say something.”

“This is exactly the scenario we want.  When people decide they’re not going to allow suspicious activity in their neighborhood, we have more harmonious neighborhoods and this is an example of that,” said Adams.

No arrests were made in the case, but police are still investigating whether some of those weapons may have been reported stolen.