At 2:05 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, Trooper Ashley Goodspeed, a recent graduate of the State Police Academy with the 86th RTT, was on patrol with her field training officer Trooper Steven LaRocco. While on Route 84 westbound in Sturbridge, Trooper Goodspeed conducted a random electronic inquiry of a silver Toyota Highlander travelling in the same direction. The inquiry revealed that the registration of the Toyota was suspended. Trooper Goodspeed turned on her cruiser’s blue lights to conduct a stop of the Toyota.
When Trooper Goodspeed approached the car, she informed the operator and passenger of the reason for the stop. With a suspended registration, the vehicle could not legally travel on Massachusetts roads and Trooper Goodspeed called for a tow of the Toyota. While the operator and passenger stepped out of the vehicle to await a tow truck, Trooper Goodspeed initiated a vehicle inventory accounting for any valuables in the car. While assisting her, Trooper LaRocco picked up a bag and was able to immediately recognize from the outside a hard object within, consistent with a handgun.
Troopers were able to open the unsecured bag and located a 9mm Glock 19 semiautomatic handgun, and a 15 round high capacity magazine holding 14 rounds. It was established that the bag was the property of the passenger DYLAN KRAUSE, 19, of Dundalk Md. KRAUSE does not possess a license to carry a firearm and was placed under arrest.
KRAUSE was transported to the Sturbridge barracks to be booked, fingerprinted, and photographed. He was arraigned at Dudley District Court on the following charges:
- Unlicensed Possession Of A Firearm;
- Possession Of Ammunition Without FID Card;
- Possession Of A Large Capacity Feeding Device; and
- Improper Storage Of A Firearm.