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Man nabbed with loaded gun behind Social Security office in Leesburg

Jeremy Gilbert
Jeremy Gilbert

A Leesburg man was arrested on gun charges when his suspicious truck was spotted behind the Social Security office located at 900 North 14th St.

The black truck caught the attention of a Leesburg police officer  shortly before 2 a.m. Nov. 18. The officer pulled in behind the truck and noted that the engine was running and that a man and woman were in the vehicle.

When the officer made contact with the driver, 38-year-old Jeremy Keith Gilbert, he seemed to be very nervous. When another officer arrived on the scene, he noticed that the woman had a hypodermic needle. The couple was asked to get out of the truck. As they did so Gilbert appeared to be trying to conceal an object near the rear right side of the driver’s seat.

A search of the truck revealed that the item Gilbert had been trying to conceal was a loaded silver Hi-Point .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. The pistol’s serial number had been painted over so it could not be viewed.

A records check revealed that Gilbert had been convicted of two drug possession felonies in the past three years. He was booked at the Leesburg Police Station for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. He was taken to the Lake County Jail and released after posting $11,000 bond.

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