CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — A traffic stop by a Guernsey County Sheriff’s deputy on Thursday has resulted in felony charges against a Cambridge man.
Twenty-year-old Justin Rodecker was charged in Cambridge Municipal Court on Friday with grand theft and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
According to reports, a sheriff’s deputy pulled over Rodecker for a traffic violation and approached the suspect’s vehicle. The officer noticed a large knife stuck between the seats of the truck beside the suspect. The deputy opened the door to remove Rodecker from the vehicle and spotted a duffle bag containing a pink shotgun in plain view. After securing the suspect, the officer found the shotgun was loaded.
Rodecker was also found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.
A probable cause search of the truck then turned up a second shotgun that was found to be loaded as well. Further investigation by detectives found that the pink shotgun and some tools that were found in the truck had been stolen.
Rodecker is being held in the Guernsey County Jail pending a bond hearing that is set for Monday.