NORTH HAVEN — A Meriden man faces a larceny charge after police said he was involved in the theft of over $46,000 worth of equipment from a business in January.
Edward Lamb, 52, of 25 Hill Ave., Meriden, was charged Sunday with first-degree larceny and first-degree criminal mischief.
On Jan. 25 the owner of a fixture company on Linsley Street reported that the previous day employees preloaded nine refrigeration units for pickup and delivery outside the warehouse. The employees went to another assignment and when they returned the units were gone, according to Lamb’s arrest warrant.
A witness told police he saw two men loading the units, valued at $5,200 each, into a red pickup truck and thought they were employees, the warrant said.
Police noticed one of the units was disassembled and stripped of all metal. The owner told police a local scrap company he contacted told him two men brought in similar metal in a red pickup truck, the warrant said. Police obtained the sale records, which showed Lamb was the seller. Lamb told police he sold the metal, but said man he was with told him they were allowed to pick up the items from the business.
Lamb has 28 prior arrests for charges including larceny, burglary and assault. He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. His bond was set at $25,000.