Southington police have recovered two stolen motorcycles, and the thieves have been arrested, when the owner saw thieves riding around town.
On Saturday, May 28, around 9 p.m., the owner of two stolen motorcycles was walking in Southington, when he was passed by one of his stolen motorcycles with a rider and a passenger. As the owner continued to walk in the area of Flanders Road and Tallwood Drive, he observed the two men attempting to start a second motorcycle, which he identified as his second stolen motorcycle. He called Southington police to make a report.
The owner then approached the two men, identified as Andre Uhelsky, 18 of Waterbury, and Matthew Garuti, 23, of Southington, and Garuti told him that he did not know the motorcycles were stolen. He further indicated that he was only helping to pick them up. Uhelsky told the owner that he purchased the two motorcycles for $2,000 from an unknown person.
At this point the police arrived at the scene. Uhelsky and Garuti were taken into custody without incident.
Uhelsky and Garuti were both processed and charged with third degree larceny, and bond was set at $25,000. Garuti posted the bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol on June 6 at 9 a.m. Uhelsky was unable to post bond and was scheduled to appear in court on May 31.
The owner reported that the motorcycles were worth approximately $2,250. (A 150cc motorcycle was valued at approx $1,500 and the 100cc motorcycle at approximately $750.)