Man found with stolen gun following attempted car break-ins in Southington

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SOUTHINGTON — A Waterbury man faces charges after police said they found him with a stolen gun after some attempted car burglaries. 

Garrett Gibbs, 20, of 1098 Meriden Road, Waterbury, was charged Sunday with first-degree larceny and carrying a pistol without a permit. 

The incident began on Sunday when the local police auto theft task force was contacted by an officer who said that a car, not yet reported stolen, was seen with multiple people driving around Southington, Lt. Keith Egan said in a press release Tuesday. Police then received information the car was on Meriden Waterbury Turnpike and the suspects were seen pulling on door handles. Officers found items discarded that were reported stolen in nearby towns, the release said.  

Police contacted the car’s owner, who confirmed it was stolen overnight. Police learned the car was being driven toward Meriden and it was found in the parking lot of the Meriden Mall, Egan said. Officers saw three men walking toward the car and stopped them. One man, later identified as Gibbs, appeared to have something heavy in a sweatshirt pocket. Officers discovered a handgun, a Keltec .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was previously reported stolen from a vehicle in July, the release said.  

Officers checked the identities of the men, one of which was believed to be the driver of the vehicle. That juvenile, 16, was reported missing by the Milford police department and state police after escaping a juveniles detention center on Saturday, Egan said. The second man, 18, was identified and released. 

Gibbs and the 16-year-old were taken into custody. The juvenile was issued a summons for first-degree larceny and turned over to state police to be taken to a juvenile detention center, the release said. 

Gibbs was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. Bond was set at $300,000 and the case was continued to Sept. 29. 

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