New Haven man gets 15 months in prison for stealing from parked truck in Southington

Published on Friday, 26 April 2019 13:30


SOUTHINGTON - A New Haven man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for stealing from a vehicle that was parked at a Southington convenience store.

James Kitchens, 35, took a cell phone, a wallet and a checkbook ledger through an open window to a truck parked at Cumberland Farms, at 1978 West St., at about 7:58 a.m. on Oct. 10, he admitted Friday, in Bristol Superior Court.

Kitchens pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree burglary during the hearing. In exchange, one count of sixth-degree larceny was dropped.

Kitchens was sentenced to 15 months in prison with no period of supervised release. His prison term is expected to run concurrently with another sentence he has been given in a probation violation case. He was on probation for a 2016 burglary conviction.  

The victim in the Southington case realized his belongings were missing shortly after he left the store, confronting two men who were in a vehicle nearby. They said they were doing construction work on a nearby hotel.

Police viewed surveillance footage from Cumberland Farms and saw Kitchens reaching inside the truck and taking the stolen items, according to the police report. They then went to the hotel and arrested him.

All of the items were recovered.

According to court officials, Kitchens' previous record includes convictions of third-degree burglary, failure to appear, violation of probation, criminal trespassing and sixth-degree larceny.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 26 April 2019 13:30. Updated: Friday, 26 April 2019 13:33.