Arrest made after 12 firearms stolen from gun shop

Old Saybrook police photo of guns recovered from gun store robbery, Aug. 26, 2014.

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)– Old Saybrook police have made an arrest in the burglary of a gun store where a dozen handguns and rifles were taken. Additional arrests are possible.

Thomas Russo, 25, of Old Saybrook, faces charges including theft of a firearm, burglary and larceny. He’s being held on a $750,000 bond.

Thomas Russo is charged with stealing guns in Old Saybrook.
Thomas Russo is charged with stealing guns in Old Saybrook.

“A stolen gun in the hands of the wrong person, a criminal is dangerous for all of us,” said Chief Michael Spera, Old Saybrook Police Department.

Russo was arrested after an hour-long standoff at his home on Fenwood Drive. Police seized heroin, guns, and other evidence from his home.

A photo released by Old Saybrook police shows ten of the twelve guns that were taken. The status of the other guns is unknown at this time.

Old Saybrook police have been working nonstop since the Grouse Perch gun shop was hit by burglars. At least one person smashed out the front window to the store and went inside to take ten handguns and two high powered rifles.

“It happened overnight or in the early morning hours, and we did seize physical evidence from inside the store and we are hoping to match that up to a suspect shortly,” said Spera.

Grouse Perch gun store in Old Saybrook.
Grouse Perch gun store in Old Saybrook.

The break-in was so brazen that the window that was smashed in was in plain view of Main Street. And not only was it on Main Street, but the owner lives in the house attached to the store. Police believe that anyone this desperate to smash a window in full view of Main Street needs to be caught, so they are offered a $500 reward for any information which leads to the retrieval of the guns.

“I am a legal gun owner, a hunter and fisherman and this greatly disturbed me that things like this still happen,” said Adam Czepiel, Old Saybrook.

Anyone who may have information about the crime is asked to call Old Saybrook Police at 860-395-3142.

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