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New Haven fence who sold stolen property to be sentenced today

October 1, 2018

NEW HAVEN-The operator of Ace Amusements who purchased shop-lifted items from drug abusers and then re-sold them at a profit is expected to be sentenced this afternoon.

George Connelly, Jr., who operated the Kimberly Avenue second hand store, was convicted by a Hartford federal court jury in May on a charge of conspiring to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property.

Federal prosecutors are asking he be sentenced to anywhere from seven to 12 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Michael Shea will impose sentence in Hartford this afternoon.

The jury believed that Connelly purchased items users stole from Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, CVS and Walmart. The users, many of whom were addicted to opioids stole items like razors, power drills, electric toothbrush heads, vacuum cleaners and pet products. . They were paid one-third the product’s retail cost. Connelly then resold the items to others as well as online for one-half the retail price.

Additionally, prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of more than $100,000 from the operation which ran between 2007 and 2016.

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