A gun stolen in a 2014 burglary of a Brookfield business was discovered by Liberty police March 13 in a car pulled over for failing to use a turn signal.
Liberty police said they could see the 9 mm handgun on the front passenger floor.
The man seated in the front passenger seat, Terrence A. Douglas, 21, of Youngstown, was charged in Girard Municipal Court with receiving stolen property, improper handling of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. He has pleaded not guilty, but the case has been bound over to a grand jury.
The gun was stolen from Scotty’s Brookfield Express Mart, 7045 Warren Sharon Road. Owner Scott Miller went to work on Oct. 26, 2014, and found that the convenience store’s rear door knob and lock had been removed, the video surveillance system and alarm control boxes had been removed, and the ATM machine had been broken into pieces, Brookfield police said.
More than $7,000 was stolen from the ATM and a cash register, and more than $10,000 worth of cigarettes also were pilfered, police said.
Douglas told police he did not know the gun had been stolen, and said he had bought it the day before from an “unknown individual” for $100, police said.