New Britain man charged in Southington burglary

Published on Friday, 26 February 2021 09:41


SOUTHINGTON -- A New Britain man faces burglary and theft charges after police earlier this month found him outside a local construction company where multiple tools had been stolen.

Police on Friday said they were also able to find a link between Daniel Meyer, 32, of 340 High St., New Britain, and a similar theft in Rocky Hill on Feb. 14.

Southington police on Feb. 17 were called to Brophy Metals, located at 364 Old Turnpike Road, on the report of a suspicious motor vehicle. A witness also reported seeing someone behind the building with a flashlight.

Responding officers found Meyer as he was coming around from the rear of the building. He told officers that he had been dropped off by a friend and that he was “dumpster diving” in search for copper.

Police said Meyer was holding a clamp, believed to be made of brass or copper.

According to police, Brophy Metals, which is a hardware and fastener manufacturing company, allows Asplundh Construction Company to park its bucket trucks in its parking lot. The trucks generally have tree cutting and maintenance equipment in them.

Police found a Mazda 3i nearby, which had tools inside that had been stolen from an Asplundh truck. According to police, the vehicle belongs to an associate of Meyer.

Police said they believe Meyer pried his way into a side storage bin before the tools were stolen.

Meyer was charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. He is free without having to post bond and is expected to be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court on June 4.

State judicial records on Friday did not show any pending cases belonging to Meyer that involved burglary or theft charges in Rocky Hill.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Southington Herald on Friday, 26 February 2021 09:41. Updated: Friday, 26 February 2021 09:43.