By Tiffany Williams –
On Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley sentenced Kenney Cotto, 25, of New Britain to 72 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release,
On April 21, 2022, Cotto pleaded guilty to theft of firearms from a licensee, and unlawful possession of firearms by a felon.
On December 31, 2020, Cotto and Christopher Matos burglarized Central Connecticut Arms, a federally-licensed firearms dealer in Portland, and stole 14 firearms.
On January 5, 2021, investigators searched an SUV that Cotto and Matos used during the burglary and recovered clothing that Cotto wore during the burglary, a hammer and tire iron Cotto and Matos used to break into Central Connecticut Arms, and other evidence.
Investigators also found Matos’s DNA at the crime scene, and a subsequent search of his residence revealed clothing he wore during the burglary.
On January 4, 2021, Hartford Police arrested Cotto on unrelated firearm and drug possession charges. He has been detained since his arrest.
Three of the firearms stolen from Central Connecticut Arms have been recovered by law enforcement. Two were recovered by the FBI in an unrelated narcotics investigation, and the third was seized by Waterbury Police after it was fired into the air during an altercation. The remaining 11 firearms are unaccounted for.