Convicted felon accused of stealing gun from relatives; possible ties to other criminal activity, say police

A Southington man already on probation was arrested Wednesday after he stole a firearm from a relative’s house. Police are also investigating if the suspect was involved in other criminal activity.

Police said that on Dec. 24 at about 9:04 p.m. they received a complaint about a residential burglary at 93 Visconti Ave. The complainants reported that when they arrived home they found that their home had been forcibly entered and that several firearms were missing from the home, said police.

The investigation led the patrol division and detectives to Joseph Testa , who is a relative of the complainant.

Police said a search of Testa’s residence was conducted and one of the firearms that was reported stolen earlier was located within the residence.

Police said their investigation uncovered that Testa is a convicted felon and he cannot possess firearms. The other firearms that were reported stolen were not located during the search at the residence, said police.

Joseph Testa, 22, of Southington was charged with larceny sixth degree, stealing a firearm, and criminal possession of a firearm. Testa was processed and held on a $100,000 bond. Testa was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Dec. 26.

Police said Southington detectives are currently investigating the theft in conjunction with other agencies and following up on multiple leads. This is an active and on-going investigation.

More information will be disseminated when it is deemed appropriate and will not hamper investigative efforts, said police.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Southington Police Department at (860)621-0101 or Detective Lewis Palmieri at (860)378-1646.TESTA, Joseph Mugshot 12.24.14

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