SOUTHINGTON - A Middletown man has pleaded not guilty to stealing an expensive construction device from a local business.
Paul Didato, 27, was an employee at River Valley Construction, located at 89 Birch St., when he had his girlfriend in March pawn a laser used in construction jobs, police allege.
According to the warrant for Didato’s arrest, the device is worth just under $3,000. Police said Didato’s girlfriend sold the laser to a pawn shop for $500.
Didato, who is free on $10,000 bond, appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree larceny, according to court papers. His case was continued to July 11.
When police spoke to an employee at the pawn shop, he said the woman had come into the business saying her boyfriend had her sell the device because he was too busy.
Police were unable to get in contact with Didato or his girlfriend throughout the investigation.
Police wrote in the warrant that Didato was a relatively new employee at the time of the theft. The laser was in a truck used by him just before it went missing.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.