BRISTOL - A city man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly helping burglarize a Bristol business, stealing more than $3,000 worth of tools.
Matthew Pardo, 49, of 17 Putnam St., faces charges of third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.
According to the arrest warrant in the case, police, while investigating another crime, discovered that Gabriel Russo Construction, on East Main Street, had been burglarized on Dec. 14. The owner had not reported the crime, as he said it has happened before and no one was ever arrested.
The owner then told police that $3,400 worth of tools had been stolen when someone broke down the door to the business, causing about $900 of damage. About $2,100 worth of the tools were recovered by police.
During the investigation, police spoke to someone who implicated Paul Grozik, 49, in the burglary. Grozik was arrested in July for the same charges as Pardo. While in custody, Grozik told investigators that Pardo had been involved, according to the warrant.
During Pardo’s arraignment Wednesday, in Bristol Superior Court, Alfonzo Sirica, his public defender, said the statement from Grozik was the only evidence police have linking Pardo to the burglary. Pardo was ordered to be held on $5,000 bond. He is due back in court on Oct. 12.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.