Movers charged in gun theft

A second moving company employee has been arrested in connection with the theft of a firearm in Shelton.

Nicholas Patch, 44, of Milford, was arrested Tuesday, July 26, charged with conspiracy to steal a firearm. Patch posted a $500 bond and is due at state superior court in Derby Sept. 9.

On April 28, the day the gun was reported stolen, Shelton Police arrested 22-year-old Anthony David Trotta of Stratford, and charged him with theft of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm.

Police investigating a theft from a residence on April 28 learned that the victim was moving. He returned to the house he was leaving to personally move the firearm to his new residence, discovered it was missing and immediately contacted police. The gun was found hidden in woods down the street from the residence that was being vacated, police said.

Shelton detectives interviewed employees of the moving company and determined that Trotta was involved in the theft.

Shelton police did not identify the moving company.