Deputies find stolen handgun beneath orange raincoat during traffic stop
Deputies recognized driver from prior encounter
MARATHON, Fla. – A Marathon man was arrested on New Year's Eve after he was found with a stolen handgun during a traffic stop, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies were on patrol at 11:30 p.m. Saturday when they saw a green Ford truck pull out of a convenience store parking lot on 55th Street.
The deputies recognized the driver, 22-year-old Dustin Pelletier, who they knew from prior encounters had a suspended driver's license, according to a media release.
As he was slowing down, Pelletier leaned over toward the back passenger side, deputies said.
Deputies said they then found a loaded handgun hidden beneath an orange raincoat behind the passenger seat.
A check on the Taurus .357 Magnum revolver revealed that it had been stolen in November from a vehicle belonging to a Marathon woman, deputies said.
Pelletier was arrested on charges of grand theft of a firearm and driving with his license suspended.
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