Four Montgomery teenagers are in jail after being stopped in Coweta County with a car full of stolen merchandise.
On Friday, Deputy Jack Hollis stopped a vehicle on exit 51 for not having a license plate.
While talking to the driver of the car, Hollis detected the odor of marijuana, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Justin O’Neil Penn, said the car was his vehicle but the insurance was canceled.
During a search of the vehicle, Hollis discovered a backpack containing a Ruger 9mm handgun. A television, three PlayStation gaming systems, two laptops, several PlayStation games and a Gucci handbag were also found inside the car, according to Yarbrough.
After contacting authorities in Montgomery and Atlanta, Hollis determined that the items were all reported stolen, including the handgun. Investigators are unclear as to why the car was in Coweta County at the time.
Penn, 19, was charged with operating a vehicle without registration/valid tag, no proof of insurance, theft by receiving stolen property, theft by receiving property stolen in another state and theft by bringing stolen property into a state.
Passengers Denarius Cornelius Washington, 19, Christopher Lamar Barnes, 17, and Jakorei Jaquontez Davis, 18, were all charged with theft by receiving stolen property, theft by receiving property stolen in another state, and theft by bringing stolen property into a state.
Barnes was listed as a runaway juvenile in Alabama at the time of his arrest.