MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Meriden police say they have recovered a stolen Bushmaster assault rifle and ammunition.
Police on Wednesday found two loaded 30-round magazines and a loaded 10-round magazine.
Waldemar Nieves lives in the apartment where police found the weapon beneath a bed. He was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm and hindering prosecution.
Nieves was ordered held on $150,000 bail.
Police said detectives learned the rifle, stolen from Coventry in 2009, was to be sold on Thursday.
Spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay called it a ‘‘great take off the streets.’’ The shooter who killed 20 children and six adults at a Newtown school last Friday was believed to have used a Bushmaster rifle.
It was not known if the 26-year-old Nieves is represented by a lawyer.