PLAINVILLE - A Rocky Hill man was arrested in the early morning hours Friday for allegedly breaking into a gas station shortly after he was released from custody from another arrest.
Robert Malecki, 39, was booked in connection with an unrelated larceny at about 2:15 a.m. and arrested again after the Mobil gas station, at 136 East Main St., was burglarized at about 3:25 a.m. According to the police report, the suspect threw an object through the glass door and entered the business before grabbing something and leaving.
Police said the suspect used a plastic bag with holes in it to conceal his identity by putting it over the top half of his body. Malecki, according to the report, was found less than half a mile away from the gas station.
Police said Malecki later admitted to using a piece of the curb to break into the gas station because he was craving a cigarette, according to the report. He said he took a carton of cigarettes, he admitted. About $300 that was in the register was not taken.
Malecki was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal mischief. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny a little more than an hour earlier in connection with a shoplifting at a local grocery store in July.
Malecki was held in custody overnight and arraigned Friday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said he has 15 other cases pending in which he is facing a number of charges, including those of sixth-degree larceny, third-degree robbery and trespassing. He has been ordered held on $50,000 bond and will appear in court again on Sept. 28.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.