Police recover gun reported stolen 14 years ago, 2 arrested

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police have arrested two people and recovered a gun that was reported stolen by state police in 2002.

Hartford police have been patrolling in the Mather Street area recently due to shootings, shots fired and narcotics activity complaints. On Thursday evening, police say they saw a car with Missouri plates and dark tints parked on Mather Street with the engine running. They say it looked like a rental car. Officers say the people in the car saw them, tried to avoid them and when the officers began to approach them, the two got out of the car and walked away.

That’s when officers saw a handle of a gun sticking out from between the center console and the front passenger seat. Police determined the gun, a .38 caliber special revolver which had five live rounds, was reported stolen by Troop D in 2002.

Police arrested the occupants of the car, 26-year-old Alexander Arce-Quiles and 31-year-old Josue Santiago-Garay. The two are charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle and theft of a firearm. Arce-Quiles is also charged with illegal tints and operating with a suspended license.