PD: Convicted felon found with stolen gun in Bridgeport

December 9, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — A convicted felon was charged by city police after officers found him in possession of a stolen gun, according to a police report.

Anthony Velazquez, 43, of Sanford Avenue in the city, was charged with criminal possession of a revolver, theft of a firearm, carrying a revolver without a permit, illegal possession of weapons in a motor vehicle, illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

An officer patrolling in the area of Grant Street on Nov. 7 around 8:35 p.m. spotted a car missing a front license plate and the officer followed the car to make a traffic stop, according to a police report obtained through a recent Freedom of Information Act request.

The report indicated the car didn’t immediately pull over, “behavior ... common with individuals who are potentially delaying being stopped by the police to take an opportunity to conceal a weapon or contraband,” the report said. The car eventually pulled over in the 70 block of Prince Street.

The officer, according to the report, said when the driver of the car lowered his windows, the cop could, “smell a strong odor of burning marijuana emanating from the vehicle.” The driver, who was issued two tickets but was not charged, was unable to provide his license but claimed he lived nearby.

While an officer was dealing with the driver, a sergeant approached the passenger in the car, later identified as Velazquez, and spotted a gun, the report said. Police said the gun was loaded with six live rounds on Velazquez’s waistband.

Velazquez, who was found to be a convicted felon, was also allegedly in possession of marijuana and cocaine at the time of the incident, the report indicated.

A check on the gun came back to show it was stolen out of Stratford, according to the report.

Velazquez was held on a $50,000 bond. He’s expected in court on Jan. 15 to answer to the charges, court records show.