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Traffic stop in Port Moody leads to seizure of sawed-off shotgun, recovery of possible stolen SUV

Stephanie Ip

(Postmedia Network files)

(Postmedia Network files)

Port Moody police seized a sawed-off shotgun and recovered what's believed to be a stolen SUV following a traffic stop on Monday evening.

Around 9:15 p.m. Monday, a Port Moody officer spotted a grey Dodge Journey make "an unusual left turn" at Murray Street and Ioco Road. The crossover SUV had been travelling without head or tail lights in the rain.

The officer ran the vehicle's out-of-province licence plate and found that it was expired and had been registered to a different car.

When the officer pulled over the Dodge, the driver and passenger said they did not own the vehicle.

"Attempts to contact the registered owner were unsuccessful," said Sgt. Travis Carroll is a media release Wednesday. "Due to the circumstances, the officer believed the vehicle may be stolen."

Both the driver and passenger were arrested without incident. Police who searched the SUV later found 10 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition hidden in the car's centre console, and a sawed-off shotgun in the rear storage. The search also turned up several pieces of identification that did not belong to either of the occupants.

Pitt Meadows resident Catlin James Harlow is charged with one count of possessing a firearm without a licence or registration, one count of occupying a vehicle carrying a firearm, and one count of possessing another person's ID.

Harlow is expected back in Pitt Meadows court on May 31.

The passenger was released without charges.

Police have seized the vehicle and continue to investigate.