It took seven months, several man hours and many trips to local pawn shops, but police have now nabbed a man they believe stole numerous paintball guns from a local business.
Police have charged David Robinson, 55, of 671 Quaker Farms Road, Oxford, with fourth-and-fifth-degree larceny in connection with the theft of 14 paintball guns and other equipment totalling about $3,000, said Resident Trooper Sgt. Dan Semosky.
After receiving a complaint of the from Yankee Paintball at 511 Quaker Farms Road, police visited many area pawnshops looking for someone who traded in paintball guns and equipment, Semosky said. Police were able to recover the stolen items at two pawn shops in Waterbury and one in Bristol, Semosky said. Police also say they have Robinson on surveillance camera stealing the items, though Robinson proclaims his innocence.
Police applied for a warrant for Robinson's arrest, and he turned himself in to state police barracks Troop A in Southbury this week.
Robinson now faces charges in both Bristol and Waterbury because items were seized in both communities. He was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond in Bristol and on a $1,000 non-surety bond in Waterbury. He is expected to be arraigned in Bristol on Oct. 3 and in Waterbury on Oct. 5.