PLAINVILLE - A local man, accused of damaging an expensive piece of equipment at Tilcon in June, can avoid prosecution if he pays more than $3,000 in restitution.
Michael Gallant, 26, of 191 Westwood Ave., was placed in Accelerated Rehabilitation for two years, during his hearing in Bristol Superior Court on Thursday. During the first-time offender program, he will be on a form of pretrial probation, and must stay off the Tilcon property and pay a total of $3,750 in restitution.
He also must not be arrested again before Feb. 11, 2020, when charges of first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespassing are scheduled to be dismissed.
According to the arrest warrant, representatives from Tilcon, at 395 Woodford Ave., contacted police on June 13 after discovering that a seismograph machine - worth $3,600 - was missing from a solar panel housing unit, which was damaged and estimated to be worth $150. The machine is used by a company contracted by Tilcon to measure sound waves and vibrations when there is blasting going on at the site.
According to the warrant, police used video surveillance from multiple trails on the Tilcon site to determine that a suspect, driving an ATV, broke into the solar panel housing unit and drove away with the seismograph. During the investigation, an officer identified the suspect as Gallant, the warrant continued.
Investigators later learned that Gallant took the seismograph out of anger and dumped it into some nearby bushes. The machine was later recovered and was heavily damaged.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.