What began as a traffic stop over an illegal U-turn in Pasadena on Thursday resulted in the seizure of a “ghost gun,” several ounces of methamphetamine, a cache of stolen credit cards and more than $180,000 in cash, police said. A man and woman were arrested.
Robert Sloan Mateer, 30, of Pasadena, and Sarah Taylor Brown, 33, of Sherman Oaks, were arrested following the encounter, which took place shortly before 9 a.m. at Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Mateer was on probation following an auto theft conviction in March and was awaiting trial on similar allegations at the time of Thursday’s arrest, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show.
A motor officer pulled over a car being driven by Mateer, with Brown riding as a passenger, for making an illegal U-turn, Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Russo said.
“As the driver was looking for vehicle registration, officers saw the grip of a gun in the glove box,” according to the lieutenant.
Mateer and Brown were detained as the car was searched, he said.
In addition to the unserialized pistol, officers found 17 credits cards that were believed to have been stolen, items of suspected stolen mail, three ounces of methamphetamine and more than $180,000 in cash.
Mateer was booked on suspicion of illegal gun possession, drug possession while armed and identity theft, while Brown was booked on suspicion of drug possession and identity theft.
Mateer was already awaiting trial on five counts of identity theft, two counts of credit card theft, burglary, grand theft and tampering with a vehicle, records show.
Brown has two pending criminal cases listed in Los Angles County Superior Court records, both related to drug possession.
Bail for Mateer was set at $1.1 million pending his initial court appearance, while Brown’s bail was set at $1 million pending legal proceedings, according to county booking records.