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Police: Bethel man charged in Redding liquor store theft

March 18, 2019

REDDING — A Bethel man was recently charged with sixth-degree larceny in connection with a month-long police investigation.

Thomas Sentementes, 55, was arrested March 7 for allegedly stealing liquor and money from Lina’s Wine & Spirits in West Redding in February, according to police.

Redding police obtained a court-granted warrant for Sentementes’ arrest about a month prior to his arrest after the liquor store owner reported that Sentementes, her ex-boyfriend, had taken liquor and money from the store without her permission.

“He went there to gather items, and he took things he shouldn’t have,” said Chief Mark O’Donnell.

Sentementes was arrested at Danbury Superior Court while appearing for another charge, said O’Donnell. “Court inspectors called us about the active warrant and we sent two officers.”

It wasn’t Sentementes’ first run-in with the law this year. Bethel police arrested him last month on a warrant and charged him with driving with a suspended license and assaulting a police officer.

The warrant stemmed from a Jan. 23 incident where, according to police, Sentementes drove to the scene of a police investigation with a suspended license, threatened to kill a woman, damaged and upended property in a retail store, and spit in an officer’s face.

He was also charged with second-degree threatening and criminal violation of a restraining order for a Jan. 25 incident in Bethel, according to court documents.

Sentementes pleaded not guilty to the sixth-degree larceny charge out of Redding, as well as the Jan. 23 and 25 charges out of Bethel.

He is scheduled to appear in court again for all those charges on March 21.

kendra.baker@hearst.com