State police make second arrest in rifle theft
State police have arrested two men so far in connection with the theft of an AR-15 rifle from a state trooper’s car in Milford in March.
On March 8 at about 4:50 a.m, a Connecticut State Trooper reported that his assigned state police cruiser, another Connecticut State Trooper's assigned state police cruiser, and a personal vehicle were broken into during the overnight hours while parked in the driveway of a Milford residence.
The Milford Police Department responded to the area and learned that several other vehicles in the neighborhood were also broken into.
Among other items, a Connecticut State Police AR-15 rifle with two fully loaded magazines and a CSP issued bulletproof vest were stolen. Detectives from Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime (CDMC) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
After a lengthy investigation in conjunction with the New Haven Police Department Criminal Intelligence Unit, the ATF, and the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force, the Connecticut State Police CDMC developed a suspect, Travis D. Ingram, 20, of New Haven, and secured a total of seven firearms and larceny related felony arrest warrants from the Milford and New Haven Superior Courts for four people.
The AR-15 rifle, two magazines, and the bulletproof vest were recovered soon after they were stolen, state police said.
On July 5, at about 4:40 p.m., state police detectives from CDMC, the ATF, and the New Haven Police Department Criminal Intelligence Unit located Ingram in North Haven and took him into custody. Ingram was transported to Troop I-Bethany where he was fingerprinted, photographed and held on bond pending his court date.
There are additional arrests scheduled within the next few weeks for three other suspects. All are currently incarcerated in the Connecticut Department of Corrections system, state police said.
Ingram was charged with the following and bond was set at $250,000 for Milford Superior Court.
Possession of an Assault Weapon
Transportation of an Assault Weapon
Illegal Possession of Large Capacity Magazine
Stealing a Firearm
Criminal Possession of Weapon in Violation of Protect/Restrain Order
Criminal Possession of Body Armor
Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 3rd
Conspiracy to Steal a Firearm
Conspiracy to Sell/Transfer/Possess Large Capacity Magazines
Additional charges were filed out of the New Haven Superior Court, with an additional bond of $100,000:
Conspiracy to Traffic Firearms
State police later arrested Leandre Crockett, 18, of Hamden. Crockett faces similar charges, and bond were also set at $250,000 and $100,000 from the two courts.