Hartford man pleads guilty in connection with the theft of ‘numerous firearms’ from South Windsor warehouse

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A Hartford man pleaded guilty Tuesday to offenses stemming from the theft of numerous firearms from a South Windsor warehouse last year, according to federal authorities.

Shameik Camara, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of firearm by a felon, and one count of receipt and possession of items from an interstate shipment, according to federal authorities.

Federal authorities, citing court documents and statements made in court, said a shipment of 50 Zigana, Model PX-9G2 pistols was stolen from R&L Carriers, a national freight shipping company with a warehouse at 540 Sullivan Ave,, South Windsor in August 2021. 

Federal authorities said in a statement that “officials at R&L carriers reported the theft to law enforcement” on Sept. 16, 2021. 

Then, in October 2021, investigators identified Camara after seeing Facebook Marketplace and Offer Up posts selling high-end speakers and sports trading cards “that were similar to items stolen from the R&L warehouse at about the same time of the firearm shipment theft,” the statement said.

When Camara was arrested on Oct, 28, 2021, he possessed two firearms, one of which was a Zigana pistol taken during the theft in August 2021, federal authorities said in the statement.

Authorities said Camara was previously convicted of felonies and it is a violation of federal law for anyone previously convicted of a felony offense to “possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.”

U.S. District Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam scheduled sentencing for Sept. 6, 2022; Camara faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. .