A man with 31 previous arrests is accused of stealing a gun and displaying it in a Hartford bodega.
Officers said they charged Cory Brown, 43, of Hartford, with possession of a stolen firearm, having a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession with intent to sell a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
According to police, Brown showed the firearm on Monday around 9:15 p.m. at a bodega on Albany Avenue.
An eyewitness saw it happen and contacted a retired Hartford police officer.
The retired officer then contacted the police department.
Brown was arrested in the vicinity of 555 Albany Ave.
Police said he had a loaded 9mm Springfield Armory XDM with 17 bullets in his possession.
Brown also had 50 small bags and 11 plastic cylinders of marijuana, according to officers.
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