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PD: Man in stolen van found with stolen machine gun, other weapons in north Phoenix

Posted: 11:11 AM, Mar 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-01 22:16:28Z

Police followed a man in a stolen van and found multiple stolen rifles including a .50 caliber machine gun. 

Phoenix Police report that on February 22, they located a stolen van near Interstate 10 and 51st Avenue. 

They followed the van to an apartment complex near 51st Avenue and Thunderbird Road. 

That's when 27-year-old Galdino Bautista reportedly grabbed several of the weapons and started running. Detectives chased him as he began dropping the rifles including a .50 caliber machine gun. 

Bautista, who has multiple prior convictions, was caught by police. 

Police discovered that the weapons, which were "loaded and ready to fire" were stolen from a gun store in Phoenix. 

In addition to the .50 caliber machine gun, police say Bautista took ten other rifles including shotguns and an AK-47. 

Bautista has been charged with 11 counts of weapons misconduct.