Police arrest truck stop tire thief

Timothy Hughes

Timothy D. Hughes, 35, of Waterbury was taken into custody at the East Haven Police Department, at approximately 11 p.m. on July 19 on an active warrant from the Southington Police Department. Hughes was in East Haven police custody on unrelated charges, and he was transported to Southington where he was processed for the active warrant.

The warrant stems from an investigation on May 8, at 5:48 a.m., when officers responded to a report of a theft at T/A Travel Center at 1875 Meriden Waterbury Rd. The warrant alleges that on that date Hughes entered the garage area of the truck stop and purported to be from a company that handles the disposal of used tires and tire casings. He then loaded the tires into his van.

When employees asked for paperwork from Hughes, he pulled over as if he was going to comply but drove off the property without producing the paperwork. The employees were able to obtain a license plate on Hughes’ van.

The T/A Travel Center reported that 14 used tires and casings, valued at $100 apiece, were taken during this incident.

Hughes was charged with sixth degree larceny and criminal impersonation. He was released on a $1,000 bond and given a court appearance date of July 31 at the Bristol Superior Court. After being released from Southington, Hughes was turned over to the Waterbury Police Department who also had an active arrest warrant for Hughes on an unrelated charge.

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