SOUTHINGTON - A Terryville man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a Southington home, while he was being paid to do handyman work there, has applied for a first-time offender program.
Jeffrey Couture, 37, filed an application for Accelerated Rehabilitation during a hearing Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court.
According to police, Couture over three days allegedly stole more than $10,000 worth 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.
Couture, who is being held on $10,000 bond, faces one felony count of second-degree larceny. He was taken into custody on Friday during a court hearing after testing positive for Oxycodone and cocaine, court officials said Tuesday.
If granted Accelerated Rehabilitation, Couture could have the larceny charge against him dismissed, provided he successfully completes the program, which could last as long as two years. Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said substance abuse treatment and restitution would likely be part of the program conditions.
Couture is due back in court on Monday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.