Man arrested in 2018 Preston burglary

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State police have arrested a New Britain man after DNA testing linked him to a May 2018 robbery of a Preston home, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Michael Llorens, 36, of 22 Victory Court, New Britain, was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and first-degree criminal mischief. His bond was set at $50,000 and he will appear in court on July 25.

The affidavit from Preston Resident Trooper Armando Bettini states that Bettini and other troopers were dispatched on May 12, 2018, to a home on Route 2 to investigate a report of a robbery. The victim said someone broke into his partially finished basement through a window during the three-hour period he was at Mohegan Sun that Saturday afternoon.

He noticed the drawers were open in the master bedroom, the copper pipes in the basement had been cut and were sitting in a pile, and his computer had been moved from a desk to a couch. He later told police the insurance company estimated the damage — which included a significant amount of water in the basement — at $30,000.

"I don't know if I scared them off when I arrived home, however I didn't see any vehicles," the victim said in a written statement. Police also believed the victim interrupted the burglary, the affidavit stated.

Police seized a plastic Coke bottle, a Jockey T-shirt and multiple tools, and sent the items to a forensics lab for testing, according to the affidavit. On Feb. 4, Bettini was informed there was a match for Llorens.

The victim told police he did not know Llorens, police said.

e.moser@theday.com

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