A New Britain man who police said worked with a crew to rip ATMs out of 16 stores in Connecticut and beyond was arrested Thursday on dozens of counts of misdemeanor and felony theft-related charges — including racketeering.
Middletown police said they arrested Santos Colon-Gonzalez, 24, on a warrant listing 17 charges including 23 counts of third-degree burglary, 15 counts of second-degree criminal mischief, two counts of first-degree larceny and third-degree burglary with a firearm. The charges also include corrupt organization and racketeering activity, an unclassified felony.
He remained in custody Friday at the Hartford Correctional Center on $850,000 bail, which includes bonds previously set for other cases, state records show.
Three men, Rafael Delvalle, 25, and Joanberto Rivera, 22, both of New Britain, and Nelson Colon-Davila, 21, of Hartford, have already been arrested in the case, police said.
“The warrant charges Colon-Gonzalez as being part of an organized crew of conspirators who are alleged to have been committing burglaries throughout Connecticut and other surrounding states since the spring of 2020,” police said in a news release.
Under cover of darkness during the COVID-19 lockdown, the crew would drive to a convenience store, break in through the front glass door, hook a line from the vehicle to the ATM and drive off, ripping the cash machine from the floor and dragging it out to the parking lot.
Colon-Gonzalez is accused of participating in the smash-and-grab-style thefts in 16 towns including Newington, Farmington, South Windsor, Glastonbury and Middletown, police said.
He is next scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Middletown on the ATM case May 12.
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