BEATRICE – Beatrice Police have arrested a man following a controlled purchase of a stolen handgun. The arrest was made Wednesday, with police using a confidential informant to recover the weapon and make the arrest.
Lieutenant Jay Murphy says an investigator developed information about a possibly stolen nine-millimeter handgun. He said the informant and suspect made contact, which was monitored by police.
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Murphy says $120 exchanged hands for the handgun and some marijuana. Police arrested 40-year-old Davis Hooper, of Beatrice, on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, being a felon in possession of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a deadly weapon during a felony, possession of drug money, marijuana possession and a handgun certificate violation.
Hooper’s appearance bond has been set at $20,000, in Gage County Court. He faces further hearing, December 20th.
According to court information, Hooper allegedly told authorities he had purchased the weapon from another man, knowing it had been stolen.
The gun was located in a rolled-up towel on the passenger side floorboard of the car.
Murphy said Hooper also had an active protection order against him, which barred him from having the handgun. Police made the arrest at a residence in the nine-hundred block of Grant Street.