Stolen gun located during vehicle search in Harrington

Delaware State News
Posted 7/13/21

HARRINGTON — A 23-year-old Milford man was arrested after a Monday night vehicle search that followed a traffic violation stop, Harrington police spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said.

The stop …

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Stolen gun located during vehicle search in Harrington

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HARRINGTON — A 23-year-old Milford man was arrested after a Monday night vehicle search that followed a traffic violation stop, Harrington police spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said.

The stop occurred at 11:06 p.m. on Milford-Harrington Highway, and driver Phillip M. Ruiz and an unidentified male passenger were contacted. An odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle, authorities said.

A 9mm handgun was located under the driver’s seat during a vehicle search, Capt. Brode said. Mr. Ruiz and the passenger were taken into custody without incident.

An investigation determined that the gun had been reported stolen out of the Seaford Police Department.

Mr. Ruiz was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and traffic offenses. He was arraigned via video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and released on $22,760 unsecured bond.

Police said the passenger was not charged with any offenses and released.