SOUTHINGTON - A Terryville man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars of jewelry from a Southington home while he was being paid to do handyman work.
Jeffrey Couture, 37, turned himself in on a warrant charging him with one felony count of second-degree larceny.
“You’re taking their money with you right hand and stealing their stuff with your left,” Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said during Couture’s arraignment Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court.
According to police, Couture over three days allegedly stole more than $10,000 of jewelry from a Southington home while he was supposed to be doing handyman work there. He also allegedly took loose change from a jar.
Couture sold some of the stolen goods to area pawn shops, police allege. Some of it was recovered by police. Investigators are still working to find the rest of the stolen jewelry, police said Tuesday.
During Couture’s arraignment, his attorney, Peter Matthews, said his client has never been convicted of a crime. Matthews added that he is eligible for a first-time offender program that could erase this case from his record.
Lee said he does not believe a program would a suitable resolution to the case, citing the seriousness of stealing from someone’s home, the one place that’s supposed to be “their sanctuary.”
Couture, who is being held on $5,000 bond, is due back in court on March 14.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.