Theft from a vehicle leads to a weapons charge for the owner

Luis Murillo

MONROE, CT — A Monroe man, who reported the theft of his .38 caliber revolver from his 1997 Toyota Tacoma on Aug. 26, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday, charging him with improper storage of the firearm.

Luis Murillo, 50, of Spring Hill Road, was released on $1,000 bond for an Oct. 1 court date.

“The Monroe Police Department would like to advise residents to not keep any valuables in their vehicles and to lock them, especially during the overnight ours,” police said in a statement. “We would like to also advise residents that it is illegal to leave unsecured weapons in their vehicles and doing such may result in their arrest.”

On Aug. 26, Murillo called police at approximately 7:45 p.m. after finding the driver’s door to his Toyota Tacoma was ajar. He told officers the truck, parked in the driveway of his home, was left unlocked since he does not use it, according to police.

He also told officers the .38 caliber revolver, he kept wrapped in a rag under the driver’s seat, was missing and it appeared someone rummaged through the glove box of the vehicle, police said.

The last time Murillo saw the weapon was at around 9 p.m. on Aug. 25.

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