MERIDEN — Two men face charges after police said they stole temporary stop signs used to help direct traffic after a plane crash last week caused power outages throughout the city.
Norberto Pellot, 24, of 28 Rosemary Terrace, was charged Thursday with second-degree reckless endangerment, assault on a police officer, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Juancarlos Delacruz-Cruz, 24, no address listed, was charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Officers were placing temporary stop signs on Thursday around 8:55 p.m. when they observed a man, later identified as Pellot, taking one placed on Cook Avenue, according to a police report. A second man, identified as Delacruz-Cruz, was standing nearby telling Pellot to “hurry up,” the report said.
When police arrested the men, Pellot reportedly began yelling at officers and spit in the face of the officer handcuffing him, the report said.
The signs were placed after a small plane crashed near Wilcox Technical High School, knocking out power to much of the city, including traffic lights.
Both men were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Friday. The judge set Delacruz-Cruz’s bond at $500 and continued the case to May 17. The judge set Pellot’s bond at $25,000 and continued the case to April 25.