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Clearwater police find rifle, cash in felon's car

CLEARWATER — A convicted felon is behind bars again after Clearwater Police found an assault rifle and two loaded magazines in his car Thursday night, a spokeswoman said.

Officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the 1500 block Harbor Drive just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, police spokeswoman Joelle Castelli said.

The 2009 Hyundai Sonata had a Maryland tag and pulled into the driveway of an abandoned home that was clearly marked with a no trespassing sign, Castelli said.

Officers asked to search the car, and the driver consented. Inside the trunk were two magazines with 33 .762 caliber rounds in one and 19 .762 caliber rounds in the other, four additional rounds and an assault rifle. Officers also seized $2,744 in cash.

All four men in the car were felons. Police arrested one of them, Herman J. Williams, on a charge related to felon in possession of a firearm.

"Through the detectives' investigation, they came to the conclusion that only the driver had the knowledge and the access to the gun in the trunk," Castelli said.

Williams, 26, of Tampa, was in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Clearwater police find rifle, cash in felon's car 05/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 21, 2010 3:58pm]
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