(OLD SAYBROOK,Conn./CBS Connecticut) – Old Saybrook Police have arrested a 25 year old local man in the theft of 16 firearms,13 handguns and 3 high powered rifles, from the Grouse Perch gun shop on North Main Street Tuesday.The owner made the discovery about 10:30 Tuesday morning.
Thomas Russo was taken into custody after a one hour standoff with police.Once inside , officers recovered multiple firearms and heroin from inside the home at 79 Fernwood Drive. Additional evidence was also seized.
Russo is charged with Burglary,Larceny,Criminal Mischief,16 counts of Theft of a Firearm and 16 counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Russo is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond for a Thursday appearance in Middletown Superior Court.
The investigation remains active with agents from ATF,Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisting.Additional arrests are possible.