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Man charged in theft of $2,500 of e-cigarette items from Wallingford store

Man charged in theft of $2,500 of e-cigarette items from Wallingford store



WALLINGFORD — A Middletown man faces charges after police said he and several juveniles stole an e-cigarette display valued at around $2,500 from a local convenience store in November. 

Nicholas Moscatelli, 18, of 830 Atkins St., Middletown, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. 

On Nov. 12 around 7:38 p.m. police responded to The Pit Stop, 66 Woodhouse Ave., for a report of a theft, according to the arrest warrant. Police spoke with a clerk who said two people grabbed an electronic cigarette display containing $2,500 in products and ran out of the store, the warrant said.

Police used security video from the store and a nearby home to link Moscatelli to the incident.

Police went to Moscatelli’s home and, with the cooperation of a relative, recovered 35 e-cigarette packs.

Police were at the business on Nov. 14 to follow up with the owner and noted another relative of Moscatelli and a relative of one of the juveniles involved were at the store and attempted to return the product that the juvenile had, the warrant said.

Police recovered about 76 additional e-cigarette packs from two of the other juveniles involved, the warrant said. 

Moscatelli was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. According to statements in court, he has no criminal record. The judge released him on a promise to appear and ordered him to comply with a treatment program. The case was continued to Jan. 23. He was also ordered not to have contact with the juveniles involved in the case.

—Lauren Sellew


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