Man faces firearms, stolen property charges in Fairhaven

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FAIRHAVEN — A New Bedford man has been arrested on multiple charges, including carrying a firearm without a license, after police found him with suspicious items and a loaded handgun in a vehicle with stolen plates.

Carlos Brito, 55, of New Bedford, was taken into custody Friday morning after Fairhaven Police officers responded to reports of a suspicious person at the intersection of Green and Cedar streets around 9 a.m.

Brito, who was seen wearing rubber gloves and pantyhose over his head, was located in a parked Honda Accord.

The vehicle’s registration plates were later determined to be stolen.

A subsequent search by the officers uncovered a 9mm handgun under the driver’s seat and additional items including zip ties, duct tape, latex gloves, plastic bags, and a pillow.

The accused is facing charges of carrying a firearm without a license, receiving stolen property under $1,200, number plate violation to conceal the identity of the vehicle, possession of ammunition without an FID, and possession of a large-capacity feeding device.

Following his arrest, Brito was arraigned in New Bedford District Court where he was ordered held without bail.

A dangerousness hearing is scheduled for next week.

Fairhaven Police are urging anyone with information related to the incident to contact detectives at 508-997-7421.

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