State Police Arrest Career Criminal in Fitchburg with Loaded, Stolen Pistol

State Police Arrest Career Criminal in Fitchburg with Loaded, Stolen Pistol

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FITCHBURG – A 21-year-old Leominster man was arrested on Friday evening on North St. in Fitchburg for numerous firearms related offenses, including being an armed career criminal.

According to the Massachusetts State Police [MSP], two members of the Troop C Community Action Team stopped a Hyundai Sonata after the operator  failed to stop at a stop sign and for having an invalid inspection sticker. 

While interacting with the occupants of the vehicle, the front seat passenger, Benjamin Rosado, 21, of Leominster, was seen by the officers making movements to conceal a gun.

When Rosado was removed from the vehicle by a Trooper, the gun — a loaded .40 cal. Smith and Wesson pistol, fell to the floor.

Further investigation revealed that the pistol was stolen. Rosado also had an outstanding warrant for possession of firearm without a license.

Rosado was placed under arrest on the following charges:

  1. Unlawful possession of a firearm, 3rd Offense
  2. Armed Career Criminal
  3. Carrying Loaded Firearm
  4. Receive Stolen Property
  5. Possession of Firearm/Ammo W/O FID Card, Subsequent Offense
  6. Improper Storage of Firearm

Rosado was additionally cited for failure to wear a seatbelt. He was held without bail and will be arraigned in Fitchburg District Court on Monday.


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