SOUTHINGTON — A New Britain man has been charged in a string of five burglaries in town.
Angel Mercado, 35, of 420 Ellis St., New Britain, was charged on five separate warrants with two counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree burglary, one count of third-degree larceny, three counts of fourth-degree larceny, fifth-degree larceny, two counts of credit card theft, two counts of illegal use of a credit card, two counts of receiving goods by illegal use of a credit card, second-degree criminal mischief, and three criminal-attempt charges.
Between Jan. 22 and Jan. 26, Mercado allegedly burglarized homes in the area of West Street, Hart Street, Ridgewood Road and Juniper Road, Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said in a statement. Police say the same method was used in each of the five incidents, according to an arrest warrant.
Officers investigating the burglary on West Street discovered the resident was home at the time of the break-in. The resident said Mercado came to the door asking for directions to Ashley Street, which does not exist in Southington, the warrant said. The resident said the next day she heard noises inside her home while watching television, and a short time later saw Mercado outside her house with the same vehicle.
The resident later discovered her purse and wallet were missing. Her credit cards were used at Walmart stores in Southington and Hartford for purchases totaling more than $1,300, the warrant said. A rear door was also unlocked.
Police in New Britain recovered a car matching the description of the one Mercado allegedly used and discovered it was reported stolen out of Middletown. A towing company found the personal items of one of the burglary victim’s inside the car.
Southington officers worked with authorities from other jurisdictions during the investigation, Dobratz said. Mercado was identified at the Hartford Walmart after store security staff found him changing price stickers from lollipops to men’s t-shirts, the warrant said. Mercado was not taken into custody at that time.
Mercado was initially held on a total of $250,000 bond and was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court last Friday. He is due back in court on July 16.
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