FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police arrested a man Tuesday night after finding a gun that was apparently stolen from a Fort Wayne pawn shop on him during a traffic stop.
According to Indiana State Police, Michael William Bracey, 20, of Fort Wayne, had a loaded .22 caliber Beretta semi-automatic pistol and a bag with numerous ammunition on him when police initiated a traffic stop on a car he was riding in.
Indiana State Police officers conducted the traffic stop after hearing that shots were fired near Eden Green Apartments on Reed Street at around 11:10 p.m. Tuesday.
Officers said they saw the car speeding away from the apartment complex. Police then pulled the car over on Wallace Street, east of Hanna Street.
Four people, including Bracey, were in the car at the time.
Police found out during the investigation that the pistol was apparently stolen during an armed robbery at Lev’s Pawn Shop on January 10 of this year.
Bracey was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun without a permit, according to ISP.
The other people inside of the car were released, according to police.