SOUTHINGTON - A Middlebury man has been charged with a felony count of larceny for allegedly stealing more than 30 power tools from a Southington Home Depot where he was employed.
David Peterson, 32, faces one count of second-degree larceny after allegedly admitting to taking more than $7,000 worth of tools from the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike Home Depot between August 2016 and March of this year, according to the arrest warrant in the case.
Peterson, the warrant continued, was caught on March 31 with two power tools in his jacket, the warrant continued. Home Depot associates, however, believed that this behavior was not a one-time thing. Peterson was charged on the spot with sixth-degree larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics, as he admitted to having a drug problem, according to the warrant.
Peterson also allegedly admitted to stealing from the store multiple times a week since 2016 when speaking to Home Depot employees, police wrote in the warrant. When asked if he wished to discuss the investigation with an officer, Peterson declined.
Police found that Peterson had sold power tools to an area pawn shop more than 30 times, totaling about $7,115 worth of merchandise.
After his arrest on less serious charges in March, Peterson was charged with the felony larceny count last month. He is free on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Aug. 9.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.