Man Arrested Had Stolen Groton Gun in New London Home: Police

Police found a stolen gun and some hidden ammunition in a New London man's home when they went to serve two outstanding warrants for felonies.

Paul Pierce, 34, of New London, was entering his home on Maple Avenue when police went to serve the warrants and a woman who answered the door said she wasn't sure if he was there but invited them in to check, police said. They found him hiding in his bedroom closet and took him into custody without an issue, according to police.

Police found a Ruger model 77/17 .17 HMR caliber rifle and ammunition hidden in his closet, police said. The gun was stolen in 2007 from the town of Groton, according to police.

Police charged Pierce with two counts of violation of probation, first-degree failure to appear, second-degree failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, interfering with police, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

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