Man admits to theft of laser in Southington

Published on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:46


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, at 89 Birch St., in March 2018 when he had his girlfriend pawn a laser used in construction jobs, he admitted Tuesday during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court.

Didato pleaded guilty 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 DVDs were stolen at a truck stop.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:46. Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:48.