The New Albany Police Department has not identified the owner of an unloaded rifle found in December near the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, according to city spokesman Scott McAfee.
Police also have not determined how the rifle got there, and tests performed on it have not produced any evidence the gun was used in a crime, said Sgt. Kris Daniels. The tests included comparing components of the rifle to crime-scene evidence using a database, Daniels said.
Some New Albany High School students found the rifle wrapped in a blanket Dec. 7 and called 911, according to an email from New Albany-Plain Local Schools Superintendent Michael Sawyers.
Sgt. Garrett Fernander said the students discovered the SKS rifle -- a Soviet Union-designed semiautomatic carbine -- along a retention pool.
The rifle showed some rust but still was serviceable, Fernander said. He said he was not sure how old the rifle was or how long it had been there before it was discovered. The case remains under investigation, Daniels said.
In other New Albany police incident reports:
* A 25-year-old Blacklick man was cited for drug paraphernalia, drug abuse and controlled-substance possession or use after police conducted a plain-smell search during a traffic stop at 2:58 a.m. Feb. 15 at North Reynoldsburg-New Albany and Village Hall roads.
* A 23-year-old Pataskala man was cited for possession of controlled substances, illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle at 3:12 p.m. Feb. 12 at state Route 161 and Kitzmiller Road.
* A Bevelhymer Road resident at 12:21 p.m. Feb. 12 told police someone called him multiple times to request funds fraudulently.