SOUTHINGTON - A local man accused of stealing a Lego collection from his brother worth nearly $7,000 will not be prosecuted in connection with the reported theft.
David Verchinski, 32, of 114 Meriden Ave., accepted a plea bargain Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, but the deal did not include pleading guilty to any charges in the alleged theft.
Verchinski pleaded guilty to two counts of violating a protective order. These violations stemmed from protective orders that had been put in place in connection with domestic violence cases. The violations were not violent in nature, court officials said.
Verchinski is scheduled to be sentenced to three years in prison, suspended, and two years’ probation during a hearing on Jan. 16.
Ronald Dearstyne, the prosecutor, said the theft case was not prosecuted because it would have been very hard to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. One count of third-degree larceny against Verchinski will not be pursued.
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 said 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.
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