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Baltimore man accused of having stolen gun in Hampstead

Baltimore man accused of having stolen gun in Hampstead
Devante Bernard Harrell (Courtesy photo)

A Baltimore man was arrested Monday after he allegedly possessed a stolen handgun during a traffic stop in Carroll.

Devante Bernard Harrell, 24, was charged with one count of theft between $1,500 and $25,000 and misdemeanor gun charges. He was released on $6,000 bail Tuesday, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of probable cause, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Harrell on Monday after witnessing it make a prohibited left-hand turn onto Broadbeck Road.

After walking up to the vehicle, the deputy smelled marijuana, according to the statement, and asked Harrell to pull forward into a less traffic-heavy location for a search of the vehicle. Harrell pulled forward quickly toward an area with foliage and debris items. The deputy then caught up with him.

When an additional deputy arrived to assist with the search, they located a revolver nearby in the bed of a junked pickup truck. It was free of dust and debris, and police believed that Harrell had thrown it out the window of his vehicle. Harrell said he had not done so, even when informed that it could be tested for DNA as evidence, according to the statement.

Harrell was detained but not arrested as a deputy collected the gun as evidence. It was found to be loaded with live ammunition. After checking the serial number through a database, the deputy determined that it was reported stolen from Baltimore City, according to the statement.

Harrell was then arrested.

Harrell could not be reached for comment as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

A court date is scheduled for Aug. 24.

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