SOUTHINGTON - A Southington man has pleaded guilty to committing organized retail theft.
Francisco Martorell, 41, struck a plea deal this week in New Britain Superior Court. Under the terms of the deal, he was required to plead guilty to one count of organized retail theft of over $10,000 – a felony.
Martorell is free from custody while he awaits sentencing. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 17.
The 41-year-old was arrested in February 2020 after an investigation that lasted several months. Police said they discovered evidence of an organized retail theft ring that was responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools from Home Depot and Lowes stores.
Police allege the items were turned over to Martorell before they were sold over the Internet.
Christopher Main, who police say was a co-conspirator, was arrested on Jan. 3, 2020, and charged with organized retail theft, third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. He pleaded guilty that same month to one count of third-degree larceny, according to judicial branch records.
The other charges were not pursued against Main, who was sentenced to a year in prison, judicial records indicate.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.