CHIPLEY - Two men were arrested on felony charges over the weekend after a stolen gun was recovered by Washington County Sheriff's Deputies from a vehicle at the Tom Thumb convenience store in Chipley.
According to reports, a deputy was entering the store shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, November 18, when he encountered a "strong odor of marijuana" coming from a vehicle.
As the deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Al’keem Roulhac, 24, of Chipley, he observed a handgun in the driver’s seat. At that time, the passenger, Colby Sims, 20, of Graceville, was removed from the vehicle and searched, resulting in the deputy locating marijuana in Sims' front pants pocket.
Deputies received information that the gun was reported stolen out of Bay County. Roulhac stated the gun did belong to him, and he was aware that it was stolen.
Roulhac was taken into custody and transported to the Washington County Jail where he was booked on the charge of dealing in stolen property.
During further investigation, a search of the vehicle was conducted and a second handgun - easily accessible and with one round the chamber - was found under the front passenger seat.
Sims was also taken into custody and transported to the Washington County Jail where he was booked on the charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams.