SOUTHINGTON - A Middletown man has been charged with stealing an expensive construction device from a local business.
Paul Didato, 27, was an employee at River Valley Construction, located at 89 Birch St., when he had his girlfriend in March pawn a laser used in construction jobs, police allege.
According to the warrant for Didato's arrest, the device is worth just under $3,000. Police said Didato's girlfriend, who has not been charged, sold the laser to a pawn shop for $500.
Police spoke to an employee at the shop, who said the woman had come into the business saying her boyfriend had her sell the device because he was too busy. She insisted the laser was not stolen, the warrant said.
Police were unable to get in contact with Didato or his girlfriend throughout the investigation.
Police wrote in the warrant that Didato was a relatively new employee at the time of the theft. The laser was in a truck used by him just before it went missing.
Didato was charged this week with one count of third-degree larceny. He is being held on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on June 20.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.