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2 men charged with stealing AR-15 from state police cruiser

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Travis Ingram. (State police photo) Travis Ingram. (State police photo)
Leanadre Crockett was charged with stealing AR-15 from state police cruiser. (CT State Police) Leanadre Crockett was charged with stealing AR-15 from state police cruiser. (CT State Police)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

State police said they found and arrested a man who broke into a trooper's cruiser and stole an AR-15 rifle back in March.

Travis Ingram, 20, of New Haven, broke into the cruiser on March 8 as it was parked at the trooper's home in Milford, according to investigators.

Ingram was arrested on Tuesday along with 18-year-old Leanadre Crockett, of New Haven.

Along with the rifle, Ingram and Crockett are accused of taking two fully loaded 30 round magazines and a department-issued bullet proof vest.

Troopers said Ingram also broke into a number of other vehicles in the area as well.

They said they recovered the rifle and magazines shortly after the theft.

Ingram had tried to sell the weapon, the magazines and the vest for between $1,100 and $1,200.

After an extensive investigation, state police said they secured a total of seven firearms and larceny-related felony arrest warrants from the Milford and New Haven superior courts. The warrants were for four separate individuals involving crimes in both the Milford and New Haven areas.

Ingram was arrested Tuesday in North Haven.

In one warrant, his charges range from stealing a firearm to possession of an assault weapon. In a second, the charges involve firearms trafficking.

Ingram's bond between the two warrants totaled $350,000. He's due in court Thursday in Milford. He appeared in court on Wednesday in New Haven.

Troopers said they expected to arrest three more people, all of whom are already behind bars.

Ingram's family said he didn't do it and that his friends are trying to pin the blame on him.

"I'm his mother and they need to get their facts rights before they charge him with anything. I know my son, he had nothing to do with this," said Elana Ingram.

"My nephew is a good kid. He had a job and everything, was working, taking care of business. My nephew is not a bad kid," said Sandra Ingram.

According to police, another man told investigators Ingram drove him and Crockett to a Milford neighborhood back on March 8. They split up to check out the cars and when they returned, he allegedly told police, Ingram had the rifle.

A fourth man told police, that later that morning, Ingram, who goes by the street name "Julio," showed up at his house, asking him to help sell the gun. When he asked where it came from, he said only then did he learn that it was "stolen from a cop car" and "was on the news."

Police said Crockett, who already has a pending firearms case, would not answer questions when asked by detectives. He was arrested at New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday morning on an unrelated charge. 

Ingram denied being involved.

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