Man reports theft, faces gun charge

May 11, 1994

A Virginia man who reported that his Ford van had been stolen in Brooklyn Park Sunday night wound up being charged with illegal possession of a handgun after county police reported they had found live ammunition inside it and that the man had told them where he had tossed the gun.

Officers said Billie James Grubbs, 38, of King George, Va., told them he had thrown a .380-caliber Lorcin pistol into the bushes near Ritchie Highway and Townsend Avenue before they arrived to investigate the reported theft of his van about 9:30 p.m.

Police found the van, which had been driven into a pole, near Church St. and Ballman Ave., they said.

Investigators said they found 31 rounds of live ammunition in the van and that they asked Mr. Grubbs whether he owned a gun. He denied owning one, police said, but when one of the officers frisked Mr. Grubbs after he noticed a "large bulge on [his] left side," he found that the man was wearing an empty shoulder holster.

Mr. Grubbs then admitted he had thrown the gun into the bushes because he didn't want to get caught with it when police arrived to investigate the report of the van theft, police said.


* Brooklyn Park: Someone stole a mountain bike Monday morning from the back yard of a house in the 5300 block of Patrick Henry Drive.

* Brooklyn Park: Someone stole a mountain bike worth $200 Monday morning from the back yard of a house in the 900 block of First St.

* Linthicum: Someone stole $175 from a truck parked in the 800 block of Hammonds Ferry Road between 11 p.m. Sunday and 3

a.m. Monday.

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