Cable guy charged with thefts in New Canaan, elsewhere pleads guilty
A former AT&T cable repairman accused of stealing cash from a babysitter in New Canaan pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of third-degree larceny.
Daniel Ogrodowicz, 36, of 295 Second Hill Lane, Stratford, will avoid jail if he is able to make about $4,600 in restitution. He's also accused of stealing jewelry and cash from residents in Stamford and Norwalk while doing cable work inside the area homes.
According to his plea agreement, Ogrodowicz on Thursday paid $2,500 in restitution at state Superior Court in Stamford and promised to make another $2,100 restitution payment when he is sentenced Nov. 6.
In March of this year he was charged by New Canaan police with stealing $350 in cash from a 35-year-old babysitter after he spent most of the day at the Main Street home where the woman was babysitting in April 2013. Police said Ogrodowicz took the money from the woman's pocketbook when he went there to fix the cable.
He was also charged in January with stealing a $21,000 diamond ring from a Stamford resident whose home he was servicing in May 2013. Police said the Stamford resident told police that only Ogrodowicz and her nanny had access to the house when the ring was stolen.
In June 2013, Ogrodowicz was charged by Norwalk police with fifth-degree larceny and third-degree larceny for stealing necklaces and earrings from a Felix Lane home and taking jewelry from a Roodner Court residence in April of that year.
Senior Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Valdes said that the victims of the thefts have already been compensated by AT&T and their insurance companies, but they incurred about $4,590 in out-of-pocket expenses as a result of the thefts.
Judge Gary White said if Ogrodowicz returned without any new arrests and made the full payment on the day of his sentencing, he would give Ogrodowicz a three-year suspended jail sentence and three years' probation.
If Ogrodowicz breaks the agreement, he could be sentenced up to five years in jail, White said.