Stolen AR-15 Recovered by Springfield Police During Traffic Stop at Andy’s on Christmas

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Police say they arrested a Springfield man on Christmas night after finding a stolen AR-15 in his pickup truck.

Brendan Lee Gentry, 23, was charged Thursday with stealing a firearm, according to court records.

Gentry was initially pulled over by police for a headlight violation, court documents say, and he parked his car outside an Andy’s Frozen Custard on South Campbell Avenue.

Gentry initially ignored the commands of the officer who pulled him over, documents say, and instead told the officer several times: “this is private property, you can’t stop me.”

Gentry appeared distressed, according to court documents, and the officer eventually used a Taser on Gentry, who was then handcuffed.

Gentry said his license was in the truck, documents say, and when an officer opened the truck, he saw the AR-15.

Located behind the driver’s side seat, the black gun with a mounted scope had its safety turned off and 33 rounds in its magazine, documents say.

Police say they ran a check of the gun and it turned up stolen.

According to court documents, the gun had been taken from a trailer home in Crane two weeks earlier when the owner was away on military training.

Gentry allegedly told police that someone gave him the gun in Arkansas and that he didn’t know it was stolen.

Gentry did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

(Read the original story shared by the Springfield News-Leader here.)

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