Southington man rented excavator, never returned it, police allege

Published on Monday, 4 March 2019 16:45


SOUTHINGTON - A local man has been arrested for allegedly renting an excavator from a Southington business and never returning it, months after he stopped making rental payments.

Jeffrey Barton, 35, was charged last week with one count of second-degree larceny.

Police said he rented an excavator, described as Bobcat 324, from Superior Rentals, located at 1403 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, on June 21. The rental was made on a weekly payment method with a credit card.

According to police, the card was declined in August. Barton made cash payments until October, police said. He then stopped paying and did not return the excavator, according to police.

Superior Rentals is seeking $15,695 from Barton for rental fees and the cost of the excavator, police said.

According to police, Barton said he was involved in a civil agreement with Superior Rentals, and that the situation has been resolved. Superior Rentals denied this, police said.

Barton is free on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court next Monday.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 4 March 2019 16:45. Updated: Monday, 4 March 2019 16:48.