stolenNEW HAVEN: Paul William Muzyka of North Haven, owner of Ace Amusements on Kimberly street has pleaded guilty to a “large scale fencing operation.”

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced the plea, with court documents saying, ”at Ace Amusements, MUZYKA and others knowingly purchased stolen property from “boosters,” who typically were shoplifters with opioid addictions. The boosters stole the goods from retail stores such as Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Kohl’s, and sold the goods at Ace Amusements for approximately one-third of their retail prices. MUZYKA and others then resold the stolen goods at Ace Amusements, and also online at websites such as eBay.”

According to prosecutors the total value of the goods exceeded exceeds $5.9 million.

MUZYKA pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, and one count of interstate transport of stolen property, an an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. A sentencing date is not scheduled. MUZYKA is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.