Police: Trio used stolen Red Cross van in Southington burglary

Police: Trio used stolen Red Cross van in Southington burglary

SOUTHINGTON — A Hartford man faces charges after police say he broke into a West Street restaurant with two accomplices last year. The trio used a Red Cross van reported stolen from New Hampshire and took cash and vodka, police said.

Jahlmar Cintron, 20, of 558 Blue Hills Drive, Hartford, was arrested by warrant Thursday and charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and conspiracy.

About 7:30 a.m. on June 28, police responded to Cava Restaurant, 1615 West St., for a report of a burglary alarm. Officers determined entry into the restaurant was forced through a window and rear door, according to a police report. Around $150 and two bottles of vodka were reported missing. Officers found visible finger and palm prints on a table inside the restaurant.

Security footage from the exterior of the restaurant showed a white van pull into the parking lot and stop in the rear of the building, the report said. Three men who weren’t wearing anything to cover their faces or hands exited the van, the report noted.

They were able to force their way into the restaurant and were seen rummaging around the bar and cash register area. After taking cash and vodka, they left, got into the truck and drove away, the report said. Officers noted the van appeared to have a medical logo and writing.

Investigators collected prints and DNA from various surfaces and sent them to a laboratory for testing. The following day, Southington officers were at Bristol Superior Court for an unrelated matter when court personnel told them two men were arrested that morning for trespassing in a Bristol park while in a white van with a Red Cross logo, the report said.

The van was discovered to be reported stolen from New Hampshire. Police looked at booking photos of the two men and noted they had similar features and were wearing the same clothing as two of the men from the video at Cava Restaurant, the report said. Police also learned the two men were found with two bottles of the same brand of vodka reported missing from the restaurant.

The men, identified as Nicholas Carr, 19 and Justin Fennelly, 19, also had fresh cuts to their hands, according to the report. Police inspected the van and noted it appeared similar to the one from the security footage at Cava. Samples of DNA pulled from Cava matched that of Carr and Fennelly, the report said.

Cintron has an extensive criminal history for burglary and larceny charges, the report continued. Police compared previous booking photos of Cintron to the security footage and identified him as the third suspect in the burglary at Cava, the report said.

Cintron was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Friday. The judge set bond at $60,000 and continued the case to March 3.

According court records, Carr pleaded guilty to third-degree larceny and was sentenced in August to five years in prison, suspended after 30 days, followed by a three year conditional discharge. It is unclear if Fennelly has been charged in connection with incident at Cava. He was arrested on Jan. 9 on burglary charges stemming from an incident in Farmington June 28, the same day as the Cava burglary. Fennelly has been released on a promise to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Feb. 7.


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