SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — Two men were arrested on Tuesday for their involvement in stealing an excavator from a job site in South Windsor.

On April 6, the South Windsor Police Department responded to 420 John Fitch Blvd. for a report of a stolen Komatsu excavator. The large construction equipment, which has an estimated value of $80,000, was missing from the property.

Police said they were able to track down the excavator because when turned on, it could be tracked from a GPS tracking device. The excavator was located via the GPS at 48 East Dudley Town Rd. in Bloomfield several hours after it was taken.

The excavator was removed directly from a flatbed and the chains securing it were cut, police said.

Police interviewed 47-year-old Joseph Carey of Wethersfield, who was on sight with the excavator in Bloomfield, and admitted to taking it from the site in South Windsor. Joseph’s brother, 44-year-old Charlton of Bloomfield, was found as an assistant in the conspiracy to steal the equipment.

It was determined that the brothers took the excavator due to a civil dispute with the victim.

Both Joseph and Charlton were arrested. Joseph was charged with non-conspiracy to commit criminal trespass in the third degree, non-conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the first degree, non-conspiracy to commit larceny in the first degree, criminal trespass in the third degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, and larceny in the first degree.

Charlton was charged with conspiracy to commit criminal trespass in the third degree, conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the first degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the first degree, criminal trespass in the third degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, and larceny in the first degree.

Joseph and Charlton turned themselves in and were processed and released on $10,000 non-surety bonds.

They are both due in Manchester Superior Court on May 4.

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