Paul K. Weston, 51, New London, is charged with two counts of burglary and theft.
In early March, a tenant in an apartment building in New London contacted his landlord and reported that someone had been entering his apartment and stealing change.
The tenant operates several vending machines and when the coin boxes are full, he dumps the change into a large vase in his bedroom and into a small bowl in his kitchen. He noticed that some coins were missing from both the vase and the bowl.
Weston was the only person other than the landlord with a master key because he helped with maintenance, according to the criminal complaint.
The landlord gave the tenant a trail camera, which he placed facing the door to his apartment.
On April 2, the camera shot photos of Weston inside the apartment.
The landlord and tenant confronted Weston with the photos, but Weston denied being in the apartment. The landlord then took away his master key and evicted him, the complaint says.
When questioned by Sgt. Tom Algiers, with the New London Police Department, Weston reportedly said he wanted the money so he could buy cigarettes and vodka.