Man Charged In Old Saybrook Gun Theft

OLD SAYBROOK — A 25-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection with the theft of 16 guns from Grouse Perch on North Main Street, police said.

Officers responded to the store about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after the owner called to say his store was burglarized, police said.

Thirteen handguns and three rifles were stolen, police said. Police had originally said 12 guns were stolen.

Police seized physcial evidence found inside the store and after further investigation, went to speak with a suspect at a Fenwood Drive residence.

Thomas Russo, of 79 Fenwood Dr., was arrested after an hour-long standoff with officers, police said. Multiple firearms were found inside the residence, according to police. Officers also allegedly discovered heroin at the home.

Russo was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief, 16 counts of theft of a firearm and 16 counts of criminal possessio nof a firearm by a convicted felon. He was held with bail set at $750,000 and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, police said.

Police, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacoo and Firearms, are still investigating the incident.

The investigation remains active, police said, and anyone with information is being asked to call the police department at 860-395-3142

Courant staff writer Kelly Glista contributed to this report.

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