SOUTHINGTON - A Windsor man was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing a $3,000 lawn mower from a Southington business in 2017.
Anthony Tyson, 55, faces charges of third-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools and third-degree criminal mischief. He was released on a promise to appear following his arraignment Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court.
According to the arrest warrant, a police officer patrolling the town on April 28, 2017, around 1:56 a.m., noticed what appeared to be a burglary at Sno-White Power Equipment, located at 154 Town Line Road. A gate securing the area in the rear of the business was open, which police noted seemed odd because of the merchandise the business sells. The chain securing the gate had been cut, police said in the warrant.
Upon contacting someone from the business, police were able to look at video surveillance footage, which showed a suspect, holding a set of bolt cutters, make his way into the rear of the business. He then loaded a zero turn lawn mower, valued at $3,084, into a pickup truck before leaving.
Less than a month after the theft, police developed Tyson as a suspect, as he had been arrested in Farmington and accused of stealing a lawn mower there.
Detectives visited his home, where he confessed to the Southington theft, saying “You got me, I took the mower,” according to the warrant.
The warrant for Tyson’s arrest was signed by a judge in June 2017. Court officials at his arraignment Wednesday said it’s not entirely clear what took so long for Tyson to be charged.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.