BRISTOL – A New Milford man was charged Monday with stealing more than $86,000 worth of machinery parts and equipment from his former employer, a Bristol manufacturer.
Rishi Deokarran, 41, faces one count of first-degree larceny.
According to the warrant for his arrest, police raided Deokarran’s home last month, finding dozens of items belonging to ClarkDietrich Building Systems, on James P. Casey Road. The parts were worth more than $24,000, the warrant said.
Police say Deokarran had been selling parts stolen from the business on eBay.
According to the warrant, Deokarran worked at ClarkDietrich from October 2017 until December 2018, when he left for another job.
A manager at ClarkDietrich became aware of the thefts in February, when an automation company was given an expensive piece of machinery, worth about $12,000, to reprogram its software for a company in Canada. The serial number showed that the machinery was owned by ClarkDietrich, and it was later discovered that the Canadian company had bought it on eBay, the warrant said.
During the investigation, police discovered that Deokarran was behind the eBay account, according to the warrant. After the raid of his home, he admitted to investigators that he had stolen numerous items from ClarkDietrich when he worked there, selling them on eBay and making about $10,000, according to the warrant. Police noted in the document that Deokarran said he needed money to pay his mortgage.
ClarkDietrich reported more than $86,000 worth of machinery parts and equipment had been stolen.
Deokarran turned himself on Monday, appearing in Bristol Superior Court. During the hearing, a judge released Deokarran on an $85,000 non-surety bond.
Court officials said Deokarran does not have a criminal record. He is due back in court on June 14, when it will be determined if the case will be sent to a higher court for prosecution.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.