WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Thanks to the help of two anonymous tips to authorities, police have identified the two men accused of stealing a firearm from a gun shop in Woonsocket last August.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the two men entered Bullseye Shooting Supplies on Aug. 31. The ATF said one of the men distracted the store manager while the other stole a Smith & Wesson .22-caliber pistol, from the countertop where it was being displayed.
Police issued a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men, later identified as Charlie Vick, 29, and Gabriel Rosario, 23, who fled the scene in a black sedan.
According to an affidavit obtained by Eyewitness News, the ATF is seeking to press charges against the two men in connection with the theft.
The affidavit reveals investigators received two anonymous tips identifying Vick, one of the tipsters provided Vick’s cellphone number and the other said Vick had rented the getaway car.
The ATF was able to track Vick’s number through T-Mobile records and also discovered he had rented a black Nissan Altima in July 2018 that had not yet been returned to the rental company.
The affidavit reports that in the early morning hours prior to the gun theft, Vick’s rental car was spotted on surveillance cameras as police investigated a shooting in Chelsea, Mass.
According to the affidavit, Chelsea investigators were familiar with Vick from previous crimes and identified Rosario as one of his associates. From there, investigators were also able to link Rosario to the gun theft.
Vick and Rosario are facing charges of theft from a licensed gun dealer, conspiracy to steal from a licensed gun dealer. Vick is also facing one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
According to court documents, Vick plans to plead guilty to the charges.