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Operator Facing Multiple Charges After Troopers Recover Vehicle Stolen From Vermont in Bristol, Connecticut

On 06/20/2024, Connecticut State Police Troop H Dispatch broadcast the description of a motor vehicle reported stolen out of the State of Vermont earlier that same day. The stolen vehicle was described as a white Ford F-550 truck with a car-carrier attached, towing a GMC SUV. Massachusetts State Police were assisting with the investigation and advised Troop H that the vehicle’s last known location was on I-91 in the area of Windsor Locks/Windsor, Connecticut.

 

Connecticut Troopers observed the vehicle described traveling on I-91 southbound in the area of Exit 34 in Hartford, Connecticut. Troopers followed and maintained visual contact with the vehicle while providing updates regarding its path of travel to Troop H dispatch.

 

The stolen vehicle continued traveling off of Exit 32A onto I-84 westbound, then Route 72 westbound and into the City of Bristol, eventually turning onto Queen Street, which is a dead-end street. At this time, Troopers initiated a motor vehicle stop, boxed the F-550 in, and took the operator, positively identified as Shawn Carpenter, DOB 04/29/1977, of Hartford, Vermont, into custody.

 

Investigating Troopers located two loaded handguns with ammunition and drug paraphernalia, during a search of the interior of the F-550 and these items were later processed as evidence in this investigation.  

 

Carpenter was then transported to Troop H in Hartford for arrest processing. During the course of the investigation, Troopers observed Carpenter to be exhibiting signs of possible impairment. Carpenter was asked to participate in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which were not performed to standard.

 

When asked about the firearms located in the vehicle, Carpenter declined to provide any information.

 

The registered owner of the stolen vehicle was contacted and traveled to Troop H to speak with investigators. When asked, the owner indicated that the handguns and drug paraphernalia did not belong to them. 

 

Based upon the information obtained and evidence observed during the investigation, Carpenter was processed and charged with the following violations:

 

C.G.S. 14-227a, Operating Under the Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol

C.G.S. 14-36a(c), Operating Without a License

C.G.S. 14-236, Failure to Maintain Proper Lane

C.G.S. 29-38, Illegal Possession of a Weapon in a Motor Vehicle (2 counts)

C.G.S. 53-206, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (2 counts)

C.G.S. 53-206d(a), Illegal Carrying of a Firearm While Under the Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol (2 counts)

C.G.S. 53a-122, Larceny in the First Degree (3 counts)

C.G.S. 21a-267(a), Use of Drug Paraphernalia

C.G.S. 29-35(a)(1), Carrying a Pistol Without a Permit (2 counts)

 

Carpenter was held on a $150,000 cash/surety bond and transferred to the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction pending his scheduled arraignment at New Britain Superior Court, on 06/21/2024.



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