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Cops: 3 arrested after gun found at traffic stop

Three men were arrested on weapons possession charges after a traffic stop instituted after police said bureau of special operations officers saw the driver run a stop sign Tuesday afternoon in South Farmingdale.

Edward Gianino, 25, of 185 Fallwood Pkwy., Farmingdale; Thomas Skuza, 27, of 51 Ireland Place, Amityville; and Todd Rympalski, 25, of 2479 Nassau St., Bellmore, were each charged with four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Additionally, Rympalski was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, while Gianino also was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, police said.

All three face arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Nassau County police said the arrests followed a traffic stop by officers from the Bureau of Special Operations/Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team at 5:30 p.m.

Police said the officers were near the intersection of West Drive and John Street in South Farmingdale when they saw the car, a 2007 Cadillac, fail to come to a complete stop at the stop sign. The car then turned onto Charles Street, where police said Rympalski exited the vehicle -- only to be stopped by officers. The car continued, but was stopped by police near the intersection of Hart Street and Willard Avenue.

Police said officers observed a handgun in an open backpack on the rear seat and later found Gianino in possession of a knife. The handgun was defaced, police said. It was fully loaded, with 17 rounds in the magazine. Two switchblade knives also were recovered.

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