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2 men charged with stealing guns from plant in Springfield

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Two Bridgeport men accused of stealing and selling guns from the Smith & Wesson firearms plant in Springfield have been indicted on federal charges.

Police say earlier this month, Elliot Perez, 27, took three boxes, which contained 111 guns, from the manufacturing plant and brought them back Bridgeport where he and Michael Murphy, 24, sold them on the streets.

Some of the stolen firearms have since been recovered.

On Nov. 21, Perez was interviewed by special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives where he told them that he delivered the stolen weapons to a distribution center in Stratford.

Perez and Murphy have been charged with conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms, possession of stolen firearms, trafficking in stolen firearms and possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon. Perez, who has a long criminal history, was also charged with two counts of making a false statement to a federal law enforcement officer

If convicted, both men could face up to 45 years in prison.

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