SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man accused of committing a burglary spree in Southington last winter is not happy with a plea bargain state prosecutors have offered him.
During a hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, Angel Mercado, 36, was granted a request for a judicial pretrial hearing - where a judge will hear from both his defense lawyer and state prosecutors. The judge can then offer a plea deal to Mercado.
At a previous hearing, state prosecutors said a plea bargain they offered him would involve serving five years in prison. Mercado, who is being held on $250,000 bond, is due back in court on March 4.
Mercado allegedly burglarized five Southington homes at the end of January 2018, according to the arrest warrants in the cases. Police allege he stole about $7,000 worth of goods and used a number of credit cards that were stolen, the warrants continued.
Mercado faces two counts of second-degree burglary and illegal use of a credit card, three counts each of third-degree burglary and fourth-degree larceny, one count each of third- and fifth-degree larceny and a number of other charges related to the thefts.
According to the warrants, all five burglaries occurred at homes in the area of West Street, Juniper Road and Ridgewood Road. Some of them happened while the residents were inside their home.
About $7,000 worth of property was reported stolen during the break-ins, including electronics, ammunition, an air pistol and tools. Additionally, multiple victims said their credit or debit cards were taken.
According to the warrant, Mercado was seen on video surveillance at an area merchant using some of the credit cards stolen during the burglaries.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.