Suspect in AR-15 theft faces judge, family says he’s not guilty

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Tears flowed outside of court while inside New Haven’s Travis Ingram, 20, faced the judge.

“I know he didn’t do it,” said Travis’s mother Elena outside of court.Related Content: 2 arrested for stealing AR-15 rifle out of state police cruiser

Her son is accused of breaking into a a state trooper’s car stealing his AR-15 rifle, two fully-loaded 30 round magazines, and the trooper’s bullet-proof vest.

His girlfriend doesn’t believe he’s guilty.Related Content: Thieves swipe assault rifle from trooper’s car

“He was working in Danbury for over a year and he was trying to get his life together and not be in the street life,” said Angel Bryant.

In court documents it states his friends who were picked up for other crimes told police what happened.

“They (his friends who talked to police) knew he wasn’t there. They knew he was not there,” said Elena. “He was with his girlfriend and a couple of more friends. He was not around when that happened I don’t know where they’re getting their facts from, but they need to look into that because it’s bogus.”

Court documents state Ingram was driving the night the group went to the Milford neighborhood and knew it was “where a State Trooper was at” and began “checking cars ‘n s***”. State police say the group looked for unlocked car doors.Related Content: Car used in state police assault rifle theft located in New Haven

“Once finding them they would open the door rummage through the vehicles to see what they can find, however, yes they did target the State Police cruiser though the doors were locked. They still knew there could be something of value that could be of value to them,” said State Trooper Kelly Grant.

With the windows in tact, police say they got into the cruiser, found the key to the gun vault in the trunk, and grabbed the gun.

Grant said, “They have their ways. You as a common person can do the same thing using a variety of tools to enter a vehicle.”

Police say DNA on the gun lead them to 25-year-old Bobby Battle. Battle told them he helped sell the gun to a “buyer” for over $10,000.

Police say three more arrests are on the way, but they’re already behind bars.

State Police aren’t revealing where or how that gun was recovered. Ingram is due back in court in Milford on Thursday for more charges. This is not Ingram’s first run-in with the law. He’s been charged with possession of an illegal weapon, burglary, and drugs in the past.

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