SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man has been charged in a local shed burglary.
Carlos Rivera, 41, of 78 Collins Road, Bristol, is facing charges of third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny.
According to the arrest warrant, a homeowner on Red Oak Drive reported to police in November 2015 that his shed had been pried open. He said multiple tools, totaling a worth of about $350, were missing. The man told police he had just returned from a long vacation.
A witness told investigators he saw a suspicious vehicle in the area and a man walking around the home in the weeks his neighbor was on vacation.
According to the warrant, the vehicle's license plate traced it back to Rivera's home. When officers spoke to him, Rivera initially denied burglarizing the shed.
Police said the homeowner was an acquaintance of Rivera. Officers told Rivera the complainant would potentially drop the charges if he was paid restitution.
Rivera said he would think about giving a statement if he was given a guarantee that he would not be arrested. The investigating officer said he could not make that promise.
According to the warrant, Rivera eventually admitted to burglarizing the shed, saying he did it while he was experiencing withdrawal symptoms and needed cash. He was arrested Thursday and ordered held on $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on May 3.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.