SOUTHINGTON - Police have arrested a local man after he failed to go to court to answer to charges he staged a burglary in town to cover up that he had stolen thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from his then-employer.
Albert Hayes, 38, of 455 Main St., was rearrested Friday afternoon and held in custody over the weekend. He was arraigned on Monday on a first-degree failure to appear charge. He had already been facing charges of third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree larceny, making a false statement and second-degree reporting a false incident.
During the hearing Monday in Bristol Superior Court, a public defender representing Hayes said he was in a motor vehicle accident prior to his court date last month, which stopped him from getting to court.
Hayes was ordered held on $12,500 bond, and he is due back in court May 4.
According to the arrest warrant in the case, Hayes was a manager at Northeast Distributors, at 1678 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, when he made it look like the business was burglarized on Jan. 2. Police said eight Kirby vacuums, worth $1,800 each, were reported missing.
During the investigation, police said they found multiple things that made it appear as though the burglary was staged.
Ultimately, police said in the warrant, Hayes admitted that he stole the missing goods and told the store distributor that someone had broken in through a damaged window. Police said the distributor was not involved in any way.