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Police: Man allegedly stole gun in Bristol, traded it before it was used in Hartford shooting

December 13, 2016

BRISTOL — A local man has been accused of stealing a firearm in Bristol and trading it to someone in Hartford before it was seized by police there.

Patrick Cistulli, 29, of no certain address in Bristol, was arrested Monday on charges of stealing a firearm, third-degree burglary and criminal possession of a firearm.

According to the arrest warrant, Cistulli stole a .32 caliber Beretta pistol from an apartment on Constance Lane sometime in July.

The registered owner did not know the gun was missing until police seized it in Hartford. Her landlord is Cistulli’s father, the warrant said.

The woman had gone on vacation in late July and did not check to make sure her gun was still in her apartment upon returning. Police said Cistulli traded the Beretta, along with another gun, to a man in Hartford for drugs and money.

The man fired off several shots into the air while in Hartford on July 28, and they were detected by city’s ShotSpotter system — which monitors acoustics and notifies authorities when suspected gunfire occurs. No injuries were reported.

The suspect was immediately tracked down by Hartford authorities, and two guns were seized. The man later told police he bought both firearms from Cistulli, according to the arrest warrant. Cistulli was arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court. His criminal history includes convictions of burglary, robbery and failure to appear in court.

He also has two pending cases in Hartford, where he is facing charges of carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, illegal transfer of a firearm, sixth-degree larceny and failure to appear.

Cistulli, who is being held on $645,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in Bristol court again on Jan. 18. He has not entered a plea.

Bristol Press, Bristol