Man found with military rifle after traffic stop

NORCROSS - Police said stopping a Decatur man for speeding Friday led to the recovery of a stolen military rifle.

According to reports, a Gwinnett County police officer running radar on Singleton Road pulled over 41-year-old Christopher Rhodes for traveling 53 mph in a 40-mph zone.

After Rhodes and his passenger, Christopher Gorland, provided identification, police said, Rhodes told the officer there was a gun in the passenger-side floorboard. Inside the 1975 Datsun, officers discovered a .22-caliber Henry U.S. Survival rifle that had been reported stolen by the Naval Criminal Investigation Division.

Reports said Rhodes admitted the rifle was his, but said that he bought it at Sports Authority. Rhodes didn't have any paperwork on the firearm in his possession, police said.

Gorland denied knowing the weapon - a two-and-a-half pound, easily disassembled rifle - was in the vehicle, according to reports.

Rhodes was arrested for theft by receiving, police said, while Gorland was taken in for outstanding warrants from Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

Rhodes was released Saturday on $5,840 bond while Gorland was handed over on the same day to another agency, jail records show.