SOUTHINGTON - A Middletown man has pleaded guilty to 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 2018 pawned a laser used in construction jobs, he admitted Tuesday, during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court.
Didato pleaded guilty during the hearing to charges of third-degree larceny, first-degree failure to appear, second-degree failure to appear and sixth-degree larceny. He also admitted to violating his probation, which he is serving for a 2016 fourth-degree larceny conviction.
Didato was sentenced to a year in prison.
According to the warrant for Didato's arrest, the device he stole is worth just under $3,000. Police said Didato's girlfriend sold the laser to a pawn shop for $500.
When police spoke to an employee at the pawn shop, he said the woman had come into the business 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 used by him just before it went missing.
Some of the charges Didato pleaded guilty to on Tuesday were in connection with a shoplifting incident in Southington in which a number of DVD's were stolen at a truck stop.
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