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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.

A Seymour man was arrested on Monday, Dec. 17 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 36 Heritage Drive Unit 4, 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; second-degree breach of peace; and four counts of weapons in a motor vehicle.

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

karen December 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
How did this man manage to live 53 years and still be so stupid? He ought to be banned from all public areas like the malls and have to wear a permanent bracelet so his whereabouts are forever more available.
Mike December 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Since when was carrying a gun a crime? If you have a carry permit, what right does someone have to start shouting, and why does mall security and the police decend on that person hwo may be legally carrying a gun? Stratford used to have a mayor who carried a gun. The police didn't jump all over him. This anti gun hysteria has got to stop. I read in the news about a man who was arrested for carrying an umbrella. Listen, I cry for those children who died in Newtown, but this anti gun stuff is too much.

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