BRISTOL - Two local pawn shop owners, arrested in 2015 in connection with a state police probe of stores in Bristol, Wolcott and Torrington that allegedly were trading drugs and cash for stolen goods, had their charges dropped Tuesday.
Alfredo Viscariello, 45, and Nicholas Daddona, 41, co-owners of Coliseum Pawn in Bristol and Coliseum Trading Post in Torrington, successfully completed a first-time offender program Tuesday, officials at Bristol Superior Court said. One count each of first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, filed against each man, were dismissed during the hearing.
Viscariello, of Torrington, and Daddona, of Watertown, were not required to attend Tuesday’s hearing.
As part of the two-year program, Accelerated Rehabilitation, both men had to pay $48,490 in restitution to Home Depot and make a $250 donation to a fund set up for crime victims. They also had to avoid any new arrests and pay for an independent investigator to make sure they were in line with state and local laws that regulate the pawn industry.
Viscariello and Daddona were arrested along with eight other individuals in March 2015 in a state police investigation. The probe involved owners and employees of Coliseum Pawn, Coliseum Trading Post and Gold N’Pawn in Wolcott allegedly trading cash and drugs to “merchandise boosters,” who were encouraged to steal expensive power tools from numerous Lowe’s and Home Depot locations in Connecticut and neighboring states, according to police.
During the investigation, police used an informant who said he began stealing goods and exchanging them at the pawn shops in March 2013 for cash or Oxycodone. After hitting many of the home improvement stores in the state, the informant continued, he said he began going to locations in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
At a previous court hearing, officials said Viscariello and Daddona allegedly knew the merchandise they were trading for was stolen and even encouraged the thefts, later selling many of the goods on Ebay.
The cases against other individuals charged in the case have ended in plea bargains and programs.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.