SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A fully-loaded semi-automatic rifle stolen from a Pennsylvania home was found in a luxury sedan pulled over by Springfield Police early Sunday morning, and now two men have been arrested.
Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that more than 50 rounds of ammunition were also found in the car along with driver Frank Woodfine, 24, of Springfield, and passenger Chris Graham, 25, of Hampden.
According to Delaney, around 2:00 Sunday morning, two police officers were trying to break up a large fight near Hampden and Main Streets, when someone in the crowd pointed to two men going into a silver Audi A8 sedan. The witness also told the police the two were armed. The car sped away, and given the traffic as the downtown bars were getting out, police were not able to catch-up.
Less than an hour later, Delaney says the same officers saw the same Audi speeding by the Armory Street Rotary. This time, they were able to catch up, and pulled the car over on Carew Street.
After calling for backup, the officers approached the car, where Delaney says they saw a high-capacity ammunition magazine on the floor. For the officers' safety, they handcuffed Woodfine and Graham. After more police arrived, officers allegedly found a fully-loaded Bushmaster M-15 rifle and more ammunition, and the two were placed under arrest.
Delaney says that the rifle in question had been reported stolen during a housebreak in York, Pennsylvania.
Woodfine and Graham are charged with possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of ammunition without proper ID, two counts of possession of a high-capacity feeding device, and receiving stolen property over $250. Woodfine faces additional motor vehicle charges. Both are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court.