SOUTHINGTON - A Hartford man has been charged with stealing a pickup truck in Southington while the owner was visiting a bagel shop.
Kevin Starks, 38, faces one count of third-degree larceny in connection with the theft, which was reported on Nov. 11, 2018, around 6:40 a.m. outside Kettle Bagels, located at 1217 Queen St., according to the arrest warrant.
The document says the 60-year-old victim, upon being notified by a bagel shop employee that a man was going for his vehicle, ran outside toward his 1997 Chevy Pickup truck and grabbed the driver side mirror and door handle. The suspect was able to get away, heading south on Queen Street.
No injuries were reported.
According to the warrant, Starks was seen by an employee hanging around the Kettle Bagels parking lot the morning of the theft. The employee told police Starks had asked for a cigarette and was acting odd, the document continued.
The complainant arrived shortly thereafter, leaving his truck running while he went into the bagel shop. The man tried to get to his truck before Starks did, but he had already started driving it away, the warrant said.
The pickup was valued at $2,500. It was found eight days later in Hartford.
The complainant was able to identify Starks as the suspect through a photo lineup.
Starks was not charged in the theft until nearly a year later. He is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Nov. 7.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.