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Man arrested after guns stolen twice from his unlocked vehicle

Jim ShayMay 24, 2019

WESTPORT - A 75-year-old Westport resident has been arrested in what police called his “intentional and reckless storage of firearms.”

George Benedetto was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

The charges stem from the theft of firearms - twice -from his unlocked vehicle.

On Oct, 18 2018,, Benedetto contacted police to report a firearm had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle during the overnight hours. The revolver and ammunition had been left in an unlocked glove compartment of an unsecured vehicle parked in his driveway.

Again on April 17, Benedetto contacted officers to report another firearm had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle during the overnight hours. A revolver and ammunition had been left in an unlocked glove compartment of an unsecured vehicle parked in his driveway.

Both firearms had been loaded and have not yet been recovered.

“Due to his intentional and reckless storage of firearms, an arrest warrant application for Benedetto was submitted and later approved.,” police said in a release,

On Monday, Benedetto turned himself in on the outstanding arrest warrant.

He was released after posting a $5,000 bond. Benedetto is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on May 28.

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