False Firearms Complaint Sparks Real Weapons Arrest at CT Mall

Milford Police report that they found a large knife, a wooden baton, an axe and a BB gun inside the vehicle of Anthony Spinelli, who made the false firearm complaint.


[Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated an inaccurate address for Anthony Spinelli]

A Seymour man was arrested on Monday, December 17th around 5:42 p.m. for allegedly making a false report of a person armed with a firearm inside the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall.

Anthony Spinelli, age 53 of Seymour, allegedly exited a restroom inside the mall and began yelling that a person inside the restroom was armed with a firearm.  Security personnel alerted a police officer who was inside the mall at the time.  

Officers responded to the area accordingly and found there was no armed subject as Spinelli had previously reported.  Spinelli was located in another section of the mall where Milford Police found him in possession of an illegal knife.  

Further investigation revealed that Spinelli had previously caused a disturbance at a food establishment inside the mall.  Police located Spinelli’s vehicle which contained a large knife, a wooden baton, an axe and a BB gun which were seized by investigators. 

Anthony Spinelli was charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, First Degree Breach of Peace, 2nd Degree Breach of Peace and Four Counts of Weapons in a Motor Vehicle.  

Spinelli is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.  

Peter December 18, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Is this the same Anthony Spinnelli who once was the Seymour Patch Editor?
Corinne Miller December 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
What exactly is an "illegal knife?"
R obert December 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
That would be an undocumented knife, with no emigration papers.
Steve Kingsley February 03, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Blade more than 2.5 inches or any auto opening (switchblade) or gravity assisted (butterfly) knife.


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