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Norwalk man accused of trying to sell Stamford cops stolen gun

August 17, 2018

STAMFORD — A Norwalk teen and four juveniles have been accused of trying to sell an undercover police officer a stolen gun.

Capt. Richard Conklin said officers in the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad heard there was a man trying to sell a gun in the Fairfield County area.

Conklin said investigators determined the man was Joel Gonzalez, 18, and contacted him about buying the gun.

Conkin said the officers agreed to pay $700 for the Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol called The Shield. But there was a hitch. Gonzalez said he needed a ride to Stamford because he did not have a car. Conklin said an officer pretended to be an Uber driver and picked up Gonzalez and four juveniles Wednesday afternoon in Norwalk.

When they arrived on Stillwater Avenue, Conklin said they were all taken into custody without incident by NOC and patrol officers as well as members of the Special Response Team (SWAT) who were called in because a gun was involved.

Police found the Smith & Wesson pistol, loaded with seven bullets in its magazine along with another gun, a BB gun that looked just like a Walther semi-automatic pistol, Conklin said.

Conklin said the Smith & Wesson had its serial numbers filed off and the weapon came back stolen out of Norwalk less than a week ago.

Gonzalez and the youths, ages 15, 16 and 17, were each charged with illegal sale of a firearm, possession of a pistol without a permit, carrying a facsimile firearm, theft of a firearm, altering the serial number of a firearm, sale of ammunition and conspiracy to commit each of the crimes.

Conklin said the youths have been remanded to the custody of the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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