It may not be a crime, but leaving a rifle behind in a rental car could be dangerous.
Lauren Tannehill, wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, turned in a rental car, but forgot to remove an AR-15 rifle from the back seat.
The weapon was found by the next rental customer, a woman from New York, who turned it into police.
“This is certainly the kind of item you don’t want to forget anywhere, but forgetting isn’t a crime,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion.
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According to a BSO report, Lauren Tannehill, 26, rented a Nissan Rogue from E-Z Rent-A-Car on Jan. 4. She had the vehicle for about two hours, then turned it in for another.
That same day, Judith Fleissig, 58, of Rochester, N.Y., rented the same Rogue. She later found the gun, valued at $2,000, secured in its case in the back seat, according to the report.
Fleissig told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the seats were folded down when she picked up the SUV, and she didn’t look in the back until two days later.
When she and her daughter saw the bag, they looked for an ID. They found the gun.
Her daughter unzipped the bag and said, “ ‘Oh my God, it’s a gun.’ I said, ‘I think I’m going to throw up,’ ” Fleissig told the paper.
She was told to hand the rifle over to the nearest police department so she turned it over to Hillsboro Beach Police. It was not clear Wednesday whether Tannehill was able to get the gun back.
The Dolphins had no comment on the matter, saying, “The Tannehills view this as a personal matter.”
Miami Herald writer Adam H. Beasley contributed to this report.