Plea bargain reported likely for suspect in Southington SUV theft

Published on Monday, 19 June 2017 22:43
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - A Philadelphia man charged in connection with a residential burglary in Southington in which an SUV was stolen is expected to accept a plea bargain.

Patrick Thompson, 21, appeared in Bristol Superior Court Monday, where his attorney, Alfonzo Sirica, said he expects his client to accept a deal that was offered by state prosecutors.

Sirica said the terms of the deal - which were not put on the record - will be conveyed to the victim in the case before a plea deal can move forward. Thompson, who is being held on $150,000 bond, is due back in court July 10.

According to the arrest warrant, local police responded to the report of a residential burglary on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike on Jan. 16 at about 5:17 p.m. The homeowner told officers someone broke into the home while he was upstairs. He heard noises before discovering the first floor door open.

The homeowner initially did not report anything missing, but after looking around further he discovered his wallet was gone. Additionally, the man noticed several hours later that his 2003 Jeep Liberty was missing. The vehicle was still parked in the garage when police responded to investigate the burglary.

The homeowner believes the burglary suspect took the keys to the car during the break-in and came back later for the vehicle.

According to the warrant, state police a day after the burglary responded to I-84 westbound in the area of Exits 16 and 17 on the report of a broken down motor vehicle. Troopers found that the disabled vehicle was the Jeep Liberty reported stolen a day earlier.

Thompson, according to the warrant, was in the driver’s seat and was charged with third-degree larceny for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. He was not charged in the burglary until February. He is facing charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespassing , sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

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



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Southington Herald on Monday, 19 June 2017 22:43. Updated: Monday, 19 June 2017 22:46.