Southington police make arrest in firearms theft

Police say 22-year-old Joseph Testa stole several guns from a relative's home Wedneday night (Photo: Southington Police)

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Southington police have made an arrest in the theft of several guns from a home on Visconti Avenue Wednesday night.

Just after 9 p.m., police responded to a report of burglary at a home at 93 Visconti Avenue. The homeowner reported that when they arrived at home they found their residence had been broken in to, and that several guns were missing.

During their investigation police developed a suspect that happens to be a relative of the homeowner. Officers went to the home of 22-year-old Joseph Testa, and searched the home for the missing guns.

Officers found one of the missing guns during their search of Testa’s home. Further investigation revealed that Testa is a convicted felon, and he cannot possess firearms. The other firearms that were reported stolen in the burglary were not located during the search at the residence.

Police took Testa into custody and charged him with sixth degree larceny, stealing a firearm, and criminal possession of a firearm. He appeared in Bristol Superior Court on Friday and was released on a promise to appear. Testa is due back in court Feb. 3.

Police are continuing their search for the other missing firearms. If you have any information that can help cops track down the missing guns, you’re asked to call Southington police at 860-621-0101.

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