Traffic stop leads to discovery of stolen car, gun

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GREENFIELD – Greenfield police detained two teenagers after stopping a car with invalid plates, only to discover that the vehicle was stolen and the pair had a stolen handgun.

Police stopped the car around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1100 block of E. McKenzie Rd. after noticing the invalid plates. Officers said the driver, Terriell G. Waddell, 19, Indianapolis, did not have a valid driver’s license. A 16-year-old male was also in the car.

Before the car was towed away, police found a modified semi-automatic AR-15 handgun under the driver’s seat. After running a check on the gun, police found out it was reported stolen in 2006 during a business burglary in Elkhart. The car had been stolen from the northwest side of Indianapolis on Dec. 12.

Police said the AR-15 was considered a handgun because the modifications made it less than 26 inches in length.

During questioning, Waddell told police he’d stolen the car and taken the license plate from another blue Saturn. He said he bought the AR-15 during a street deal in Indianapolis.

The Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case and tentative charges against Waddell, which include possession of a handgun without a permit, receiving stolen property and operator never licensed.

Greenfield police will also contact Marion County authorities regarding the stolen car.

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