3rd man charged in theft of rifle from state police cruiser

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FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2013, file photo, firearms training unit Detective Barbara J. Mattson, of the Connecticut State Police, holds up a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the same make and model of gun used by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook School shooting, during a hearing of a legislative subcommittee, at the Legislative Office […]

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut State Police have arrested a third man in connection with the theft of a semi-automatic rifle and bulletproof vest from a trooper’s cruiser.

James Lee, of New Haven, was arrested Wednesday at New Haven Superior Court. The 19-year-old was already in custody and was being arraigned on unrelated charges.Related Content: Suspect in AR-15 theft faces judge, family says he’s not guilty

Two other men were arrested last week on several weapons charges stemming from the March theft. Authorities say they expect several more arrests.Related Content: 2 arrested for stealing AR-15 rifle out of state police cruiser

The cruiser was parked outside the trooper’s Milford home and was one of several vehicles in the area that were burglarized. Burglars broke into the cruiser’s trunk, where the AR-15 rifle was stored. The weapon was later recovered.Related Content: Car used in state police assault rifle theft located in New Haven

Lee is being held on bond. He’s due in court Thursday.

It’s unclear whether Lee has retained a lawyer.

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