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Passaic County Sheriff's Detectives Find Gun Stolen Nearly 30 Years Ago

The gun was reported stolen out of Florida in February 1987, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik said.
The gun was reported stolen out of Florida in February 1987, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik said. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Passaic County Sheriff

PATERSON, N.J. -- Passaic County sheriff's detectives flagged down by a citizen found a gun reported stolen out of Florida nearly 30 years ago.

The detectives were serving warrants when they were stopped at the intersection of Fulton and Mercer streets around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Richard Berdnik said Thursday morning.

"After dispersing a group, they searched an open field, and observed a black object lying beside a mound of rocks that were stacked on top of each other," Berdnik said.

It turned out to be a black Bryco Arms .22-caliber handgun with an empty six-round magazine, he said.

The weapon was reported stolen during a residential burglary in Volusia, FL on Feb. 9, 1987, the sheriff said.

"One less illegal gun in circulation hopefully avoids a potential act of gun violence," he said.

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