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Hartford Man Pleads Guilty to Offenses Stemming from Theft of Firearms from South Windsor Warehouse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHAMEIK CAMARA, 32, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in Bridgeport to offenses stemming from the theft of numerous firearms from a South Windsor warehouse last year.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in August 2021, a shipment of 50 Zigana, Model PX-9G2 pistols was stolen from R&L Carriers, a national freight shipping company with a warehouse located at 540 Sullivan Avenue in South Windsor.  Even though R&L employees were aware of the theft shortly after it occurred in mid-August, they did not notify law enforcement.  Officials at R&L carriers reported the theft to law enforcement on September 16, 2021.  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. 

Camara was arrested on October 28, 2021.  At this time of his arrest, he possessed two firearms, one of which was a Zigana pistol taken during the theft in August 2021.          

Camara was previously convicted of felony offenses.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Camara 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.  Judge Merriam scheduled sentencing for September 6, 2022, at which time Camara faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

This investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the South Windsor Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren C. Clark and A. Reed Durham.

Updated June 14, 2022

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