SOUTHINGTON - A New Haven man was arrested Wednesday and accused of stealing from a vehicle that was parked at a local convenience store.
James Kitchens, 34, allegedly took a cell phone, a wallet and a checkbook ledger through an open window to a truck parked at Cumberland Farms, at 1978 West St., at about 7:58 a.m.
The victim realized his belongings were missing shortly after he left the store, confronting two men who were in a vehicle nearby. They said they were doing construction work on a nearby hotel.
Police viewed surveillance footage from Cumberland Farms and saw Kitchens reaching inside the truck and taking the stolen items, according to the police report. They then went to the hotel and arrested him.
All of the items were recovered.
Kitchens was charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny. He was held in custody and arraigned Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court.
During the hearing, Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, made a strong objection to Kitchens receiving a fairly low bond, after his criminal record was read aloud and included convictions of third-degree burglary, failure to appear, violation of probation, criminal trespassing and sixth-degree larceny.
“I didn’t read anything in the report about the window being open and the wallet flying out, did I?” Lee asked.
“This is a jail case,” the prosecutor continued.
Lee said Kitchens would be looking at five years in prison if he headed to trial, adding that it would “probably be 10” after he enhances the charges based on his prior record.
Kitchens’ bail was set at $15,000, and his case was continued to Nov. 6.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.