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DECATUR — Police on patrol in what they described as a high-crime area of Decatur said they made an arrest and seized a stolen handgun Saturday night.

A sworn Decatur Police affidavit from Officer Brent Morey said the arrested 23-year-old man had been parked in the 1200 block of East Sedgwick Street around 10 p.m. Morey said he was on patrol in a squad car and driving past when he noticed the “strong odor of burnt cannabis” and saw the man “reach inside the car and look back at me” in a suspicious way.

Three juvenile girls were sitting inside the car, Morey said, and the fully loaded 9 mm handgun was resting next to the gear shifter in plain view. A check of the gun revealed it had been reported stolen by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

Morey said the weapon was being carried in an area known for trouble: “From my training and experience, I know this to be a high-crime area,” he said in the affidavit. “There have been numerous citizen reports of drug sales in addition to shots-fired calls in this hundred block of Sedgwick.”

The man was booked on preliminary charges of the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen weapon and possession of a stolen weapon by a felon; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney’s office.

Morey said a check of the man’s record showed that he had felony convictions and was currently out on bond while facing previous charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

The man remained in the Macon County Jail on Tuesday night in lieu of $100,000 bond. He is scheduled for arraignment Monday.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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