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.
In Bristol Superior Court Thursday, Michael Gallant, 26, of 191 Westwood Ave., was placed in accelerated rehabilitation for two years. He must stay off the Tilcon property and pay the company $3,750.
If he is not arrested again before Feb. 11, 2020, the charges of first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespassing will be dismissed.
According to the arrest warrant, Tilcon contacted police on June 13 after discovering that a seismograph machine worth $3,600 was missing from a $150 solar panel housing unit, which was damaged.
The machine is used to measure sound waves and vibrations when blasting is going on at the site.
Police used video surveillance to determine that someone driving an ATV had broken into the unit and driven away with the seismograph. An officer identified the suspect as Gallant.
Investigators later learned that Gallant had taken the seismograph out of anger and dumped it into nearby bushes. The machine was recovered, but and was badly damaged.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.