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ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Police officers in St. Marys were able to detain a teen Tuesday before they knew he committed a crime.

According to St. Marys Police Department, officers interviewed a teen on Douglas Drive near Sugarmill Plantation following reports that cars were being broken into in that area. SMPD says Timothy Engert, 19, was acting strange and his story about what he was doing was not making sense. Officers learned that Engert had just stepped away from a gun on the ground that he initially had tucked in his waist line.

While officers were interviewing Engert, a Sugarmill resident called and said their vehicle had been broken into and their gun was missing.

The gun in Engert's possession belonged to the victim and he also had other items that were reported stolen in previous incidents, according to police.

Engert has been charged with felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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