WARSAW — A man is being charged with the theft of a firearm from a vehicle and possession of methamphetamine in two separate incidents.
Johnathon Michael Julian Stump, 21, 103 W. Pearl St., Syracuse, was arrested Dec. 25 on charges stemming from the November theft of a firearm, a level 6 felony, and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, a class B misdemeanor.
In a separate incident, Stump was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Nov. 28, an officer with the Indiana DNR spoke with a victim who was reporting his Weatherby Orion 12 gauge shotgun was stolen out of his vehicle sometime between Nov. 19 and Nov. 28.
On Nov. 29 the officer located the shotgun at a gun shop. Employees of the shop advised that a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun and a Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun had been traded to a man for the Weatherby.
According to the affidavit, the officer spoke with the man who had traded the firearm. The man advised that he had acquired the shotgun from another male, trading a Glenn Field Marlin 22 rifle and $260 cash for the Weatherby.
When officers spoke to the second male he advised he had acquired the gun from Stump. The male stated he traded a 1994 Pontiac Firebird to Stump for the Weatherby.
On Nov. 30 the officer then spoke with Stump who, according to the affidavit, admitted he stole the Weatherby Orion 12 gauge shotgun from a white truck that had been parked on Pearl Street in Syracuse. Stump wrote a letter of apology to the victim.
In a separate incident on Dec. 5, an officer with the Syracuse Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a Pontiac Firebird with an expired temporary registration. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the officer had observed Stump as the driver and had prior knowledge that Stump had a suspended infraction learners permit driver’s license.
When the officer conducted the stop, Stump was identified as the driver. Patrick Waggoner, Syracuse, was identified in the front seat and one female passenger in the back seat.
Upon conducting a pat down of Stump, the officer felt a cylindrical shaped object in Stump’s front sweatshirt pocket. According to the affidavit, the object was a prescription bottle prescribed to another male. Inside was a plastic bag containing a crystal like substance and 29 round white pills. Stump advised the substance was methamphetamine and it field tested positive. The officer was able to identify the pills as Lorazepam, a schedule IV controlled substance.
According to the affidavit, Waggoner was holding a backpack close to his body when he was removed from the vehicle. When the officer searched the bag he found a Crown Royal whiskey bag that contained a cigarette box that contained a modified straw with residue, two plastic bags with residue, one plastic bag containing three partially hand-rolled cigarettes and a glass smoking device with residue. In Waggoner’s pant pocket the officer found a flashlight. Inside the flashlight were four plastic bags containing a crystal like substance that tested positive for meth.
Waggoner advised the glass smoking device was used to ingest methamphetamine. The officer was able to identify the hand-rolled cigarettes as marijuana.
The affidavit states that the female passenger was also searched. Officers found in her purse a black scale and two razor blades what contained white residue. There was a warrant for her arrest from Elkhart County.