Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Rochester Police Department says a shoplifting call led to the discovery of a loaded handgun at Fleet Farm Monday morning. 

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Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen says officers were dispatched to the store in the 4800 block of Maine Ave. Southeast on the report that loss prevention staff had detained a suspected shoplifter shortly before noon. 25-year-old Logan Johnson was then transported to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of shoplifting as well as for charges related to 10 active arrest warrants. 

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An officer who remained at the store following Johnson’s arrest reportedly found a backpack belonging to Johnson left behind at the retailer. Officers then recovered a loaded 9mm handgun in the backpack after searching it at the jail, Moilanen said. 

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Court records indicate Johnson has felony convictions related to drug possession, financial card transaction fraud and motor vehicle theft, crimes that make him ineligible to possess a firearm. He could face potential charges of ineligible possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and misdemeanor shoplifting, according to Moilanen. 

Olmsted County Sheriff’s Captain James Schueller said the charges in the active arrest warrants range from fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, giving a false name to a police officer and other traffic violations in Goodhue and Olmsted Counties. He’s being held in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center while awaiting arraignment.

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