Police say a Dedham man used a stolen credit card to buy these black-powder guns online.
By Kathy Uek/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Aug 07, 2008 @ 11:25 PM
Police yesterday arrested a Dedham man on charges he tried to buy guns over the Internet with a stolen credit card and have them delivered to a Marlborough Road home.
Stephen Deberardinis, 32, has been charged with receiving stolen property over $250, improper use of a credit card, identity theft and conspiracy, police said.
Deberardinis, of 56 Solaris Road, was nabbed around 12:30 p.m. in a sting operation set up by Sudbury Police and United Parcel Service Inc., according to police Lt. Scott Nix.
Yesterday, Sudbury Police answered a 911 call from a resident at 104 Marlborough Road that a man was trying to break into his home.
The intruder fled in a red sedan before police arrived.
An investigation revealed the Marlborough Road resident's credit card was used fraudulently to purchase two black-powder weapons. One was a rifle with scope and the other was a handgun.
The weapons were purchased online, said Nix.
The order was placed on Cabela's Web site, an outfitter for hunting and fishing gear. Police are trying to determine the legality of shipping black-powder guns and rifles to Massachusetts addresses. Cabela's Web site cautions residents of Massachusetts, as well as Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Washington, to check with local laws for restrictions before ordering any black-powder firearms.
"One of the weapons had been delivered to the house and it appears (the suspect) was attempting to gain possession of the handgun," Nix said. A second package with a rifle was delivered when Deberardinis met the UPS driver at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.
In cooperation with UPS security, the delivery of the first package containing the handgun was arranged, said Nix. Nix said the first package with the gun had been sent back to UPS. Police believe it was the gun in that package he was trying to steal at the Marlborough Road home.
A meeting under police surveillance was arranged at Our Lady of Fatima Church. Deberardinis arrived in the red sedan and was arrested, police said.
Deberardinis was scheduled to be arraigned yesterday in Framingham District Court. The results of that arraignment weren't immediately available.