SOUTHINGTON - A local man is facing a felony charge for allegedly stealing a Lego collection from his brother worth nearly $7,000.
David Verchinski, 32, of 114 Meriden Ave., was arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court on one count of third-degree larceny.
According to the arrest warrant, Verchinski's brother reported to police on March 16 that his Lego collection, worth $6,784, was missing from his parents’ attic, in a home on Wedgewood Road. He told investigators he suspected his brother had taken them.
The brother was told by a home health care worker, who does work at his parents' home, that Verchinski was seen in early March taking boxes out of the attic. She said he looked "frantic" while doing this, according to the warrant.
Furthermore, the brother was able to track down where his collection had been sold, a business on Queen Street. Police then spoke to an employee at the store, who was able to confirm Verchinski had sold the Legos. Police seized the collection, and the brother was able to confirm they were his.
When police spoke to Verchinski, he denied stealing anything from his brother. He said the Legos he had sold were his.
Verchinski, who was arrested April 7, is free on a $3,000 non-surety bond. His case was continued Monday without a plea. He is due back in court on May 4.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.