Police: Man stole copper wiring from Cheshire building in 2015

Police: Man stole copper wiring from Cheshire building in 2015


CHESHIRE — A Prospect man faces charges after police say he stole copper wiring from the former Arby’s on Route 10 in September 2015.

Matthew Baltrush, 32, of 5 Rockridge Terrace, Prospect, was arrested May 1 and charged with second-degree larceny and first-degree criminal mischief. His bond was set at $10,000.

On Sept. 2, 2015, police responded to Arby’s Restaurant, 980 S. Main St., for a report of a theft and discovered thick copper pipes were cut from an electrical panel and a lock on the outside of the vault was cut to gain entry, according to Baltrush’s arrest warrant. Police found a leather glove, which was sent for DNA testing, inside the vault. The restaurant has since closed.

On Nov. 6, 2015 police were called to the Stop and Shop Plaza for a report of two men sleeping in a white van, one of whom was identified as Baltrush, the warrant said.

Baltrush told police he works for an electrical company in Prospect. Inside the van, police found pieces of copper piping and tools, the warrant said. On Feb. 17, 2016 police were notified that the DNA from the glove came back as a match for Baltrush, the warrant said.

The property manager told police the estimated cost to repair the damage was $16,500.

Baltrush is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on May 16.

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