A Springfield man was caught trying to sell a 12-gauge shotgun to anyone who would buy it while posted outside the CVS at the "X" on Sumner Avenue Thursday afternoon, police said.
Police set up surveillance about 3:45 p.m. after they were made aware of the situation. Witnesses said that a Hispanic male wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey in his early 20s was approaching people and trying to sell the weapon while standing near the convenience store, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.
The Springfield police Street Crime Unit set up a surveillance team and spotted the male with a suitcase. When they arrested him they found the shotgun and 29 shotgun shells, Delaney said.
Police charged Ricardo Baez, 20, who has no known address, with possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card, possession of ammunition and improper storage of a firearm, according to an arrest report.
The shotgun was not stolen, according to Delaney.
Baez was scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court on Friday.
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