Hartford man charged in Plainville burglary

Published on Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:24


PLAINVILLE - A Hartford man has been charged with burglarizing a local business, where he formerly was employed.

Curtis Johnson, 27, is facing charges of third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit third-degree criminal mischief.

According to the arrest warrant, a burglary was reported June 29 at Chimney Champs - which offers masonry and chimney repair services - on Whiting Street. Employees had locked everything up the night before and arrived for work the next day to find that the business had been broken into and that everything was in disarray.

An apple computer and a motorcycle - worth about $5,000 - were reported stolen, according to the warrant. The document does not give an estimated value of the computer.

According to the warrant, surveillance footage captured much of the burglary. The suspect, who was identified as Johnson by employees, could be seen using what looked like a brick to smash a window at about 11:30 p.m. on June 28. The suspect then runs out of view of the camera and returns at about 1 a.m., before entering the building.

The suspect is seen going through the office area before wheeling the motorcycle out of the business. Although the man was wearing a hood, employees said they could definitively say the suspect was Johnson, who used to work at Chimney Champs, the warrant said.

Also allegedly identified in the footage was a suspect who served as a lookout. The second suspect is named in the document, but she had not been charged as of Thursday.

According to the warrant, Johnson was fired from Chimney Champs after he allegedly forged a pay check and altered the amount. He was charged in that complaint with second-degree forgery and fifth-degree larceny.

Police also wrote in the warrant that Johnson’s criminal history includes convictions of theft of a firearm, first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.

Johnson was not charged in the burglary until earlier this month. He is free on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Oct. 18.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Plainville on Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:24. Updated: Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:27.