Two men plead guilty to gun theft from Woonsocket store

Two men plead guilty to gun theft from Woonsocket store

WOONSOCKET – Two Boston area men pled guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, May 15, after a police investigation linked them to the theft of a firearm from a Woonsocket store in August 2018.

According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Aaron Weisman, Charlie Vick, 30, of Everett, Mass., and Gabriel Rosario, 23, of Chelsea, Mass., traveled from Boston to a firearms dealer in Woonsocket on Aug. 31., 2018. Once in the store, Vick asked the store manager for assistance with ammunition, and the manager accompanied Vick to an area of the store away from the countertop where a .22 caliber firearm was displayed. While Vick and the manager were away from the counter, Rosario placed the .22 caliber firearm in his waistband and left the store. Vick, a convicted felon, then purchased three boxes of ammunition and left the store, and the two were seen entering a vehicle and leaving the area. The firearm was later sold on the streets of Boston.

Rosario was charged with theft of a firearm from a licensed dealer and Vick was charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition. Both men pled guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. Rosario will be sentenced in June, and Vick will be sentenced in August.