BURLINGTON - A Bristol man has pleaded not guilty to stealing a gun from a Burlington home.
Eric Morin, 28, of 83 Lawndale Ave., Bristol, allegedly took a Walther .32-caliber pistol from a home on Rio Road on June 7, according to the arrest warrant.
Police said the homeowner discovered that the firearm was missing after arriving home and finding that his home had been burglarized. A number of other things were reported stolen during the burglary, including a 2004 Ford Escape, which was estimated to be worth about $6,500, the warrant said.
According to the warrant, Morin was friends with someone who was with the homeowner the day of the burglary, which would have given him direct knowledge of when the man was not at the house.
Days after the burglary, the stolen vehicle was recovered in Bristol, where it was abandoned. Police could not find any fingerprints inside.
Morin faces charges of theft of a firearm, third-degree burglary and third-degree larceny. He pleaded not guilty to these charges during a hearing on Thursday in Bristol Superior Court.
Morin, who is being held on $49,000 bond, is due back in court on Feb. 20.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.