Loaded Pistol Found in Backseat of Squad Car

By Christy Aumer, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A loaded .380 Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol was found in the backseat of a police squad car after taking two subjects into custody for further questioning regarding an attempted burglary Monday evening, authorities said.

Officials responded to a burglary in progress in the 1900 block between Bever Avenue and Fourth Avenue SE around 10 p.m. Officials located two subjects, 40-year-old Andre Kase Jr. and 18-year-old Kelsey Beckett, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 20th Street SE. The two males matched the description from the attempted burglary report taken from 1915 Bever Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids police spokesperson Cristy Hamblin said.

Officers spoke with the two males, and later discovered a loaded Glock handgun with an altered serial number nearby. The two subjects were then brought to the Cedar Rapids Police Department for further questioning in separate police cars, officials said.

Upon arrival, a loaded .380 Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol was found in the squad car that Kase Jr. had been transported in, officials said. "He was searched before he was transported," Hamblin said. "When you transport somebody you look in the backseat to make sure there are no guns or drugs or anything left in there."

According to Hamblin, Kase Jr. was searched several times by two different officers.

"We're just fortunate nobody was hurt," Hamblin said. "Just a good learning lessons to be more diligent."

The serial number matched a weapon that had been taken sometime between October 5-6 from the 2700 block of Seely Avenue SE from a vehicle, Hamblin said.

Kase Jr. and Beckett have been charged for carrying a concealed weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor with a maximum punishment up to two years in jail and a $5000 fine. Kase Jr. was also charged with possession of stolen property, with punishment depending on the value of the property which has not been determined yet, Hamblin said. According to court documents, Beckett will be charged for possession of the glock which had an altered serial number, and could possibly result in federal charges, Hamblin said.

Kase Jr. and Beckett are currently in custody at the Linn County jail. The case remains under investigation.
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