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PD: Man steals firearm from store in Wallingford

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Surveillance pictures posted to social media lead Wallingford police to the man they say stole a gun from a store. (WFSB) Surveillance pictures posted to social media lead Wallingford police to the man they say stole a gun from a store. (WFSB)
WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Wallingford police said they arrested a gun thief Thursday thanks to social media.

The theft happened yesterday afternoon at Delta Arsenal in Wallingford.

Officials said employees at Delta Arsenal noticed a firearm missing from a display case around 4 p.m.

When they reviewed surveillance footage, a white man was seen reaching over the counter and stealing the gun.

Through surveillance footage, police said they identified and arrested Michael Sasportas, 36, of Bloomfield.

The store put surveillance photos on their Facebook page and got a number of tips, including from the Newington Police Department.

Police said Sasportas is also facing charges for stealing from Hoffman's gun shop in Newington.

The pictures posted to social media were shared thousands of times in less than 24 hours after the crime.

Officials recovered the firearm from his home as well as a firearm stolen from West Springfield.

"I don't know what his motive is, or what he planned to do with them," said Lt. Cheryl Bradley of the Wallingford Police.

Police received information from tipsters soon after the security photos were posted.

"We started receiving a number of calls. Some people did identify him as the possible suspect. The one big call we got was from Newington Police," said Bradley.

Sasportas was arrested outside of his Bloomfield home after police received more tips this morning.

He was charged with theft of a firearm, fifth degree larceny and carrying a pistol without a permit.

He is being held on $100,000 bond.

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