ROCKFORD, Ill. -- A minor was arrested in northern Illinois after state police discovered he was in possession of a stolen semi-automatic rifle and illegal drugs.
On Tuesday morning, the 16-year-old male crashed his vehicle in the location of Seminary Street and Blackhawk Avenue and fled the scene.
However, ISP troopers quickly took him into custody and found his vehicle contained a stolen Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 semi-automatic rifle, over 34 grams of cocaine, 0.3 grams of heroin, 12 grams of cannabis and over $600 in cash. The rifle, which was loaded when it was recovered from the teen’s vehicle, was reported stolen to the Rockford Police Department in 2011.
“Any firearm in the wrong hands, especially a juvenile, is never a good thing,” said ISP District 16 Commander Jeffery Bain. “Thanks to the exceptional work of the officers involved in the recovery of this weapon, countless lives, including the teen, may have been saved."
Also in the teen’s possession at the time of the arrest, were five cell phones and a black, shoulder-length styled wig.
The juvenile has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Cannabis and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.
The matter remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.