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Stratford Trucker Charged for Stealing 111 Guns

Elliot Perez stole the guns in Massachusetts, transported them to Bridgeport, then sold some of them on the streets, police said.

A tractor-trailer driver for a Stratford company was arrested Friday for allegedly using his truck to transport 111 stolen handguns from Massachusetts to Bridgeport and sell some of them on the street.

Elliot Perez, an employee of Pace Motor Lanes, stole the handguns from the Smith & Wesson plant in Springfield, Mass. on Nov. 8, 2012, police announced Monday.

Police have also charged Michael Murphy for the alleged sale of handguns.

Perez faces charges of: 111 counts of criminal possession of a firearm; 111 counts of theft of a firearm; one count of illegal sale of a firearm; one count of transfer of a firearm by person ineligible to possess same; and five counts of weapon in a motor vehicle.

Police said Monday that Perez is being held on $500,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 6.

Murphy has been charged with criminal possession of a firearm; carrying a pistol without a permit; and theft of a firearm. He was released on $100,000 bond and is also due in court Dec. 6, police said.

Police said they were able to retrieve 28 of the 111 firearms that were stolen.

The investigation was a joint effort which involved the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Bridgeport Police Department.

Anyone who may have information is urged to contact the Stratford Police Department at 203.385.4119, or the Stratford Crime Tip Hotline at 203.375.8477, or the ATF at 203.773.2060.

Robert Chambers November 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
What do you know, existing laws against stealing/transporting/possessing/selling firearms worked!
Lenny Benedetto November 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I only wish there were more details on the actual robbery. Wondering who they were stolen from. That is a lot of guns!! You would think that S&W would have good security.
Chris November 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Lenny, I read in a different article that the guy had picked up a delivery from S&W and stole them off his own truck. I dunno how he thought nobody would notice or care that 100+ guns went missing in between point A and point B.
Beetle Bailey November 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
My concern is where are the missing guns? Hopefully one of these agencies has tracked this guy and his movements and have info on the missing guns.
Jason Bagley (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The truck driver was hired by the Stratford company to transport the guns but hijacked the load instead, according to the Connecticut Post, which has more details on this case that can be read here: http://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/Cops-Stratford-truck-driver-stole-111-guns-4067450.php
Helene E. Logan November 27, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Below from the article--wow, sounds like incompetence was running rampant from every angle. Pretty disturbing that S&W apparently doesn't control its inventory well. And why would anyone want to use Pace if they hire convicted felons to drive goods--especially GUNS? Yikes. "Smith & Wesson officials did not return calls for comment. A spokesman for Pace Motor Lines, who answered a telephone call but refused to give his name, declined to explain why the company let a convicted felon ferry around guns. "Have a nice day," is all he said. The shipment of 111 new Smith & Wesson firearms was stolen from Pace Motor Lines, at 1425 Honeyspot Road Extension, on Nov. 8, but the company did not report the theft until Nov. 20, said Stratford Police Detective John Therina."
Mike Jones December 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
..just another "hard working" latino that wants a better life...lol They should investigate the guys that HIRED him and the trucking company to see how many more CRIMINALS are on the payroll???

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