MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police said he stole more than $120 worth of chocolate bars from a local store and threatened an employee with a syringe.
Wilson Echevarria-Merca, 33, of 126 Willow St., was charged Saturday with first-degree robbery, second-degree threatening and sixth-degree larceny.
Employees at Save-A-Lot, 311 W. Main St., reported that a man in a wheelchair stole candy bars and threatened an employee with a needle at about 5 p.m. Police found a discarded needle nearby, according to a police report.
With the help of a motorist, officers located Echevarria-Merca on Bradley Avenue, the report said. Officers found a large quantity of almond chocolate bars concealed in his sweatshirt. Echevarria-Merca told police he sells the chocoate, the report said.
Echevarria-Merca was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. According to statements in court, he has previous convictions for third-degree assault, and larcenies.
Echevarria-Merca’s bond was set at $51,000. He is due in court again on April 2.