Man mistakenly left loaded gun in rental car, Decatur police say – Herald & Review


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DECATUR — Preliminary criminal charges have been filed against a Decatur resident who police say left a loaded 9mm pistol inside a rental vehicle he had returned — and then came back to get the gun. 

The man, 37, rented the silver Nissan Kick from Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 2745 N. Water St. in Decatur,  police said in a sworn affidavit. Twenty minutes after returning the vehicle on March 25, it was rented to another customer, who quickly found a Stallard Arms pistol under the driver seat, police said. 

"Within an hour of returning the rented Nissan Kick, (the suspect) returned to Enterprise and notified the manager that he had mistakenly left a firearm in the car," the sworn statement stated.

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A detective reviewed the rental agreement along with the surveillance video, which lead to the identification of the man, police said. 

He was booked Thursday on preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. 
Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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