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Stolen car, gun found in routine traffic stop

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GREENFIELD — A routine traffic stop Wednesday morning resulted in police recovering a stolen car and semi-automatic weapon.

Police stopped Terriell G. Waddell, 19, of Indianapolis, around 8:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of East McKenzie Road for an invalid license plate. A 16-year-old boy also was in the car.

During the stop, police learned Waddell did not have a valid driver’s license, and so the vehicle, a 1999 Saturn, was towed.

During a routine inventory of the car, police found a modified AR-15 semi-automatic pistol under the driver’s seat. The weapon is a shorter version of the popular rifle.

A check of the weapon revealed it had been reported stolen in 2006 after the burglary of a business in Elkhart, police said.

The car, police also learned, had been stolen in late December from the northwestside of Indianapolis, according to police reports.

Waddell admitted to stealing the car during questioning and told officers he bought the firearm on the street in Indianapolis, police said.

Waddell was taken into custody and transported to the Hancock County Jail.

He faces charges of receiving stolen property and operating a vehicle without being licensed.

The juvenile was released to a family member, police said.

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