SOUTHINGTON - A Middletown man has pleaded not guilty to stealing an expensive construction device from a local business.
Paul Didato, 27, was an employee at River Valley Construction, at 89 Birch St., in March when he had his girlfriend pawn a laser used in construction jobs, police said.
According to the warrant for Didato’s arrest, the device is worth just under $3,000. Police said Didato’s girlfriend sold it to a pawn shop for $500.
Didato, who is free on $10,000 bond, appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree larceny, according to court papers. His case was continued to July 11.
When police spoke to an employee at the pawn shop, he said the woman had come in saying her boyfriend had her sell the device because he was too busy.
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 he had used just before the device went missing.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.