ROCKPORT, Maine — A 21-year-old man is back behind bars after police said he stole a car and was caught carrying a loaded handgun.
Victor J. Pendleton was arrested Thursday morning and charged by Rockport police with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, operating after suspension and violating a condition of release, according to Rockport Police Officer and Administrative Assistant Craig Cooley.
Pendleton had been released two days ago from the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset after serving time for car theft, according to Cooley.
The incident began Thursday morning when a Jefferson resident reported the theft of a Jeep Cherokee. Forty-five minutes later, shortly before 10 a.m., Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley stopped the vehicle. Pendleton was found with the loaded handgun hidden under his sweatshirt, Cooley said.
Cooley and Maine State Police Trooper Pat Hood responded to the scene and assisted in the case.
Cooley said police are seeking the public’s help in determining who the owner of the gun is. Police said it was a handgun and may have been taken from the Augusta area where Pendleton was from, Cooley said. He said Pendleton claims to have moved to Belfast. Police suspect the gun was stolen in the two days since Pendleton was released from jail.