PLAINVILLE - A Southington man has been arrested again, this time for not going to court to answer to charges he stole a ring worth thousands of dollars from a family member.
Steven Oliver, 30, could have avoided a felony conviction had he entered custody on bond on his last scheduled court date, Feb. 28, state prosecutor Jeffrey Lee said Monday at a hearing in Bristol Superior Court.
Oliver was arraigned Monday on one felony count of failure to appear. He had already been facing a felony count of third-degree larceny. His bail was set at $15,000.
According to Lee, Oliver had been offered a plea bargain that would have required him to plead guilty to a felony. The deal involved probation and no prison time.
Oliver’s lawyer was later able to convince Lee to allow Oliver to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge, but Lee insisted that his client serve 30 days in jail, while held on bond, as a penalty.
After the two parties agreed on the deal, Oliver didn’t show up to turn himself in, Lee said.
On Monday, Lee said said the plea bargain is no longer on the table.
According to the warrant for Oliver’s arrest, his mother, a Plainville resident, reported to police in January 2016 that her $4,000 engagement ring had been stolen.
She told police she suspected her son was responsible, as he has stolen from the family in the past, including jewelry from her.
The engagement ring that was most recently stolen was a replacement, as the original one had also been stolen by Oliver, the warrant said.
During the investigation, the warrant said, other family members reported thefts - including a hunting knife and two GPS devices - some of which were recovered after being pawned by Oliver.
Police also found and recovered the missing engagement ring. Detectives said Oliver sold it to a pawn shop for $100 and admitted to his mother in a phone call that he had taken it.
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