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Hartford Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Federal Law Enforcement Vehicle and Equipment

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DOMINQUE PERRY, 24, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing a federal law enforcement vehicle and equipment.  Judge Chatigny also ordered Perry to serve four months of home confinement while on supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 29, 2019, Perry and another individual stole a 2016 Honda Accord from a residence in Newington.  The vehicle was the property of a federal law enforcement agency, and contained fully loaded firearm magazines for multiple weapons, ammunition, handcuffs and other restraints, a ballistic vest and its component parts, and raid jackets.  After stealing the vehicle, Perry drove the Accord to a location in Bloomfield where he and his associate removed the vehicle’s tires and rims.  Perry and his associate subsequently sold the tires and rims, and advertised the sale of loaded firearm magazines, ammunition, ballistic vest and other items.

The vehicle and its tires and rims have been recovered, but some of the law enforcement equipment that was in the car has not been located.  Judge Chatigny ordered Perry to pay $1,560 in restitution for the missing equipment.

Perry was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on February 6, 2019, and was released on bond.  He has been detained in state custody on unrelated auto theft charges since August 2019.

On October 18, 2019, Perry pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of theft of government property.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with the assistance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Newington and Hartford Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Durham.

Updated February 3, 2020