SOUTHINGTON -- A Waterbury man has pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge after police say he was linked to the crime through DNA evidence.
Jared Cardillo, 46, allegedly broke into the Batter Up Batting Cages, located at 2060 West St., on Aug. 26, 2019. Officers were dispatched there around 1:51 a.m. after the security alarm was activated.
Police said the suspect broke into the business through a bathroom before stealing the cash register inside.
Responding officers reported finding blood accompanied by the forced entry into the building.
Video surveillance showed the suspect and the vehicle he used, according to police.
The investigation, which used DNA evidence and descriptors of the suspect provided by the surveillance, led to Cardillo being identified as the suspect. Police said the DNA found at the scene linked the 46-year-old.
The warrant for Cardillo’s arrest was signed in October and was served in December. He faces one felony count of third-degree burglary.
Cardillo, who is being held on bond in connection with multiple burglaries, pleaded not guilty to the Southington burglary during a court appearance in New Britain Superior Court on Wednesday, according to judicial records. He is due back in court on Oct. 8.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.