BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A homeless man was charged with stealing a handgun from a home in Byram Township last year, then selling it, according to Byram Township police.
On Oct. 18, 2018, officers responded to a Byram Township residence for a report of a burglary. The victim reported that a semi-automatic handgun was stolen from her residence, police said.
An investigation ensued, and a suspect was developed, but was homeless and unable to be located, police said.
On July 16, police learned that the suspect, Manuel Oliveira, was lodged in the Passaic County Jail on burglary charges. The accused was interviewed at the jail and he allegedly admitted to the theft of the handgun and stated that he sold he handgun to an unknown person, police said.
Oliveira was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, third-degree theft of movable property and fourth-degree unlicensed sale of a firearm.
Oliveira is still currently lodged in the Passaic County Jail.