WALLINGFORD — A former Oakdale Theatre employee was granted accelerated rehabilitation after being charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the venue earlier this year.
Anthony Amato, 45, of 86 Mansur Road, Hamden, was charged in July with first-degree larceny by ongoing scheme and appeared in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. According to the prosecutor, Amato turned in two checks for restitution totaling $10,000 and owes a balance of $4,000.
Amato has to repay the remaining $4,000 restitution within 23 months and also has to make a $150 charitable contribution. In court, Amato told the judge he is working in New York City as an electrician. A representative from the Oakdale Theatre was at the hearing to collect the restitution checks. The prosecutor said that some of the equipment was returned to the company.
Accelerated rehabiliation is a special form of probation that will allow Amato to avoid jail and have his record wiped clean if he successfully completes the program.
On March 28, police responded to the Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Road, for a report of audio and visual equipment thefts, according to Amato’s arrest warrant.
Police checked a database and discovered Amato, a longtime Oakdale employee, had 147 transactions at various pawn shops across the state dating back to July 2014. Of those transactions, 51 were for audio equipment, the warrant said.
Police were able to recover 14 items from the various pawn shops. Transaction records showed Amato was the seller on each of the items, the warrant said.