April 4, 2013

Turlock traffic stop leads to weapons arrest

A traffic stop in Turlock on Wednesday led to the arrest of a Turlock teenager and seizure of seven guns.

At about 5:30 p.m., officers with the Turlock police Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Team pulled over Francisco Soto, 19, for a minor vehicle code violation, officer Mayra Lewis said in a news release.

Soto gave officers permission to search his vehicle and his residence; in the trunk, they found a black 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun. A check of the shotgun's serial number showed it had been reported stolen.

While searching Soto's residence, officers located six more firearms, including a rifle. Soto was arrested and booked on felony possession of a stolen shotgun.

The Turlock Police Department participates in Crime Stoppers; callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a reward.

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