Men plead guilty in Woonsocket gun theft

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two Massachusetts men have pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of a firearm from a Woonsocket gun shop last August.

Gabriel Rosario, 23, of Chelsea, pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm from a licensed firearm dealer while Charlie Vick, 30, of Everett, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman.

Prosecutors say the two men traveled to Woonsocket from Boston with the intent of buying ammunition because Rhode Island law does not require a background check for such purchases.

Once in the store, Vick asked a store manager for help with ammunition while Rosario took a .22 caliber firearm from the counter area and left the store, according to prosecutors. Vick then continued with his purchase of three boxes of ammunition.

The investigation revealed the pair returned to Boston and within a few days, the stolen firearm was sold on the streets.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) later issued a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men who were captured on surveillance video. Both were identified and appeared in U.S. District Court in January to answer to charges.

Rosario is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14.  Vick is scheduled to be sentenced on August 22.

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