WATERLOO -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Waterloo teen who allegedly grabbed a handgun from a downtown store in October.

Waterloo police had arrested 18-year-old Sahjit Mcyle Phillips on state charges of misdemeanor theft and carrying weapons charges after catching as he fled from Levi Brothers Jewelry and Loan on East Fourth Street.

On Jan. 11, a grand jury returned federal charges of theft of a firearm from a licensee and possession of a stolen firearm. On Friday, Phillips entered not guilty pleas to the new charges during a court appearance in Cedar Rapids.

Phillips was detained pending a detention hearing.

Both charges carry up to 10 years in prison upon conviction.

Authorities said Phillips and others entered Levi Brothers around 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 and asked to see a .45-caliber Kahr handgun. Phillips then took the weapon and ran from the store, court records state.

Patrol officers in the area chased Phillips and eventually found him hiding in a closet at 311 Lafayette St.and recovered the pistol.

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