By Nick Keppler
12:20 PM EST, December 27, 2012
America's Least Reputable Gun Dealer: Riverview Gun Sales sold Nancy Lanza the rifle her son used at Sandy Hook Elementary, but that is not why ATF agents raided the East Windsor store last week. Apparently, its assault rifles landed in the hands of another mentally ill young man and this one was just continuously ransacking the store's shelves. Patch.com reports that days before the Newtown massacre, Jordan Marsh, a diagnosed schizophrenic, allegedly walked out of the store with an AR15. He reportedly went back days later to grab a .50-caliber Bushmaster. This time, an employee saw him but Marsh, 26, was able to flee with the gun. Police caught up with him and retrieved both rifles. This was apparently how store owner David Laguercia learned the AR15 was ever missing. Marsh had also shoplifted from Riverview in May, stealing a dozen guns and was on a two-year suspended sentence for that. In that case as well, Laguercia reportedly did not know they were gone until authorities retrieved them. The ATF moved in to get an inventory of potential missing weapons. (Also, in 2007, an employee stole 33 guns from this store.)
Connecticut residents are understandably experiencing addled nerves and increased fear of gun violence. Nonetheless, a 22-year-old man thought it prudent to walk to work in Ridgefield last week carrying an umbrella, which was made to resemble a samurai sword when closed, slung on his back (which, from a distance, looked like a rifle to one witness). He also wore all black and a novelty face mask. The sight caused Ridgefield High School to briefly go into lockdown, reports the Ridgefield Press. Also not getting the memo was 53-year-old Anthony Spinelli who allegedly ran through the Westfield Mall in Milford raving about a gunman in the men's bathroom. The gunman never materialized but several knifes and a BB gun were found in Spinelli's car, police told the Milford Mirror.
Drug addicts often steal and sell merchandize to support a habit, but 33-year-old Daniel P. Adams' purported raid on a Rite Aid in Middletown is notable for its brazen lack of common sense. Police told the Middletown Patch website that Adams, who was reportedly carrying a needle for intravenous drugs, grabbed a few cases of Red Bull, leaving them by the door for a quick exit, and asked the cashier for two empty bags. He then allegedly gathered up $269.48 worth of chewing gum in a store basket and dumped it in the empty bags, picking up the Red Bull as he walked out of the store. All of this was of course caught on camera.
A 94-year-old woman took her car to the Midas in Farmington for an oil change and left with an $800 bill. The mechanic reportedly insisted she immediately needed all four sparkplugs and the valve cover gaskets replaced, though the cost for such a repair should have been much lower, according the Hartford Courant's consumer protection columnist. A Midas representative insisted the mechanic misread data from its price estimate software, interpreting the $63 for a full spark plug replacement as $63 per plug and also incidentally overcharging her for the valve covers by $150.
While the NRA and others were prioritizing their Second Amendment rights last week, so was Adam Yorzinski of Middletown, who is demanding that police return his handgun after it was seized in an incident in which he allegedly wandered around his home high on illicit painkillers and pointing it at his head. Police told the Middletown Press that Yorzinski's wife hid the weapon until police arrived and scuttled Yorzinski, 31, to an emergency evaluation. They also confiscated the gun. Less than three weeks later, he began pressing the court to get it back
Apparently angry that Metro-North commuters were parking on her street, Kimberly Porter of Fairfield allegedly smeared dog feces on the door handles of several cars. A police officer surveyed the street for residents with dogs. Porter, who held back a pit bull at her door, said she was not the culprit and had been victimized herself, forcing her to clean her car, police told the Fairfield Patch website. The officer then noticed her car was not clean and there was a "supply" of canine droppings in her backyard.
A Fairfield couple got into an argument about alleged infidelity. At one point, the woman reportedly whacked the man in the head with his own cell phone and then got into her car to leave, at which point he reportedly got on the hood and laid down. This did not stop the woman; she drove slowly down the street with her boyfriend there, reports the Fairfield Citizen. Eventually, she flagged down a police officer.
Luis Moren apparently could not wait until he had left the courthouse to violate the protective order that had just been imposed there. A Rockville Superior Court forbid Moren, 43, from having any contact with his ex-wife. Minutes later he texted her, police told the Vernon Patch website.
Haddam has been hit by a rash of home burglaries, the Middletown Press reports, but the latest is particularly cold in that the thieves made off with Christmas presents wrapped and left under the tree.
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