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Annapolis man arrested and charged for auto theft and handgun violations

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Posted at 8:37 AM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 09:41:30-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Annapolis Police said officers arrested and charged a man Tuesday afternoon for auto theft and handgun violations.

Officials said police were walking in the area of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, when they saw 32-year-old Corey Coates leaving the neighborhood in a vehicle. Officers later learned that the vehicle Coates was driving was reported stolen to Anne Arundel County Police. They were also told that Coates was driving on a suspended license.

After receiving the information, police searched the area and found the vehicle parked in the 900 block of President Street. While in the area, they found Coates walking in the 1100 block of Madison Street.

When officers approached him, he gave the bag he carried to a person standing close to him.

Officers arrested him and found keys to the stolen vehicle in his pocket as well as suspected crack cocaine. Law enforcement officials took possession of the bag Coates handed off and discovered a loaded handgun inside.

Police said, due to his prior conviction, Coates shouldn't have a handgun.

He was charged with unlawfully taking of a motor vehicle, theft, CDS possession and six counts relating to possessing the handgun. Coates is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center without bond.