SOUTHINGTON - A local man has been convicted of staging a burglary in town to cover up that he had stolen thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from his former employer and defrauding a family member out of more than $800.
Albert Hayes, 38, of 455 Main St., was sentenced to three years’ probation on Wednesday during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. He had previously pleaded guilty charges of third- and fifth-degree larceny. In exchange, charges of third-degree identity theft, sixth-degree larceny and other offenses were not pursued.
According to the arrest warrant in the burglary 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.
While released from custody in that case, Hayes was again arrested on March 31 and accused of using a family member’s identity and linking it to his home utility accounts. The family member received two utility bills totaling about $867.
While on probation, Hayes has been ordered to pay restitution to both victims and write them each a letter of apology.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.