Local Connecticut Rapper Arrested By Cops Posing As Record Producers

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Local Connecticut rapper Zoe Dowdell known as “Gangstalicious” to his fans, met the record producers of a lifetime on Friday — the boys in blue.

The 19-year-old from Bloomfield thought he was talking to record producers to further his rap career, but instead he was being lured into a trap for his arrest by the police.

Dowdell was wanted by Connecticut police for his involvement in a number of crimes involving stolen credit cards. The investigation began on April 25 when a wallet was stolen out of an unlocked car in Glastonbury. After following footage around sites where a credit card was used, police arrested one of the two suspected thieves, Joseph Lopez, 19. The other remained elusive. Police were easily able to find Dowdell online, however.

That’s when the record producer plan was born.

A detective emailed Dowdell telling him he enjoyed his music and videos on YouTube and wanted to set up a meeting to discuss signing “Gangstalicious.” Dowdell, interested in becoming a professional rapper, agreed to meet the “producer” at his “office” at the Glen Lochen Mall. Police arrested him upon arrival and charged him with “two counts of third degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny” as well as “credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, and conspiracy to commit sixth degree larceny,” reported the Hartford Courant.

Needless to say, “Gangstalicious” will be taking a rap hiatus until he can sort out his legal priorities. Dowdell posted $20,000 bail and will appear at the Manchester Superior Court on July 26.