Deputy recovers stolen gun during traffic stop

A Cheraw man was being held after a Darlington County sheriff’s deputy found a stolen gun in his car, officials said.

Sheriff Tony Chavis said a deputy stopped a driver for a license violation near Hartsville July 15.

During a search of the vehicle, a loaded .45-caliber handgun was located. The handgun was reported stolen from Cheraw.

Various other items were found in the vehicle that did not belong to the driver including license plates, government identification cards, credit cards, Social Security cards and birth certificates.

Austin Savon Peterson, 25, of Cheraw, was arrested and transported to the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center, the sheriff said.

Peterson was expected to be charged with possession of a stolen pistol. Further charges were likely pending the outcome of an investigation into the other items.

Author: Rachel Howell

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