SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury man has been charged in an alleged ruse to steal $1,400 worth of tire casings.
Timothy Hughes, 35, is facing charges of fourth-degree larceny and criminal impersonation.
According to the arrest warrant, Hughes arrived at the T/A Travel Center, at 1875 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, on May 8 and purported to be from a company that disposes of used tires. An employee there used a forklift to load a pallet, where a number of tire casings were sitting, into Hughes’ van.
The employee then told Hughes that he needed the proper paperwork for the transaction. Hughes, the warrant said, told him OK and drove away. The employee then ran around the building and cut the van off. Hughes said he could not find the paperwork and the employee told him to pull over so he could come back into the garage and straighten everything out, the warrant said.
According to the warrant, Hughes then acted like he was going to pull over and drove away with $1,400 worth of tire casings. The employee was able to get his license plate, which helped police trace the vehicle back to Hughes, who was not charged until last week.
Hughes, who is free on a $1,000 non-surety bond, is scheduled to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org