Police: Traffic stop turned up evidence
Two Altoona men are in jail on felony charges after police say a traffic stop led to a gun and evidence of a burglary.
Khiry N. Cannady, 29, and Joshua Gregg, 28, were taken into custody early Friday after Logan Township police pulled over a Jeep that Cannady was driving because it had no taillights.
According to the charges, police saw a handgun in the car, and after detaining Cannady and Gregg, officers located a cash register on the back seat with a partially pried open drawer containing about $150 in cash. A hammer was found near the register, and blue latex gloves were found in the Jeep as well as on Cannady.
Police said Cannady had $139 in cash in his pocket, and on the front passenger-side floor of the Jeep, police allegedly found a plastic bag containing coins, a silver and gold bracelet and watch and an Amazon tablet.
Cannady, whose license is suspended due to a DUI, denied knowing about the cash register and blamed Gregg for the gun. Gregg also denied knowing about the register and blamed Cannady for the handgun, police noted.
Police indicated the cash register is connected to the burglary of the Altoona Popeye’s restaurant, and Altoona police filed felony burglary and related charges in that case this weekend, with bail set for each at $75,000 cash.
A preliminary hearing on the Altoona police case is scheduled for Jan. 22.
Both men were arrested in February 2019 for entering vehicles in Juniata and stealing items, and both are on probation after pleading guilty in those cases last year. A stolen gun was found in their vehicle in that incident with only Gregg charged in connection to the firearm.
The gun charge against Gregg was dismissed in that case, and he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft from a motor vehicle. Khiry pleaded guilty to conspiracy and theft from a motor vehicle.
Khiry and Gregg were charged this weekend by Logan Township police with felony gun charges and misdemeanor possessing instruments of crime and receiving stolen property.
Bail was set for each man in that case at $75,000, and a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Matt Dunio is slated for Jan. 23.