A Lynbrook man arrested in East Rockaway has been charged with possession of a stolen handgun, Nassau County police said Sunday.

Andrew Ardison Gardner, 27, of 107 Prospect Ave., who was arrested Friday, was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

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According to detectives, shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday, Fourth Precinct patrol officers responded to Dairy Barn, at 560 Atlantic Ave., after receiving a report of a suspicious male in the parking lot.

After police arrived at the scene, a man matching the description fled on foot northbound through backyards on Denton Avenue, and a foot pursuit that included Lynbrook police officers ensued, authorities said.

A short time later, Lynbrook officers, who were called as backup, located Gardner near the corner of Phipps Avenue and Davison Plaza and arrested him in a rear yard on Phipps, authorities said.

An investigation revealed Gardner had a loaded Sig-Sauer .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun that had been reported stolen from Pennsylvania, police said.