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Farmington police are investigating a strange crime with a strange motive.
The man accused of breaking into a stranger’s Middle Road house on Sunday told the homeowners that God made him do it, police said.
Then Levon Sarkisyan, 27, of West Hartford, proceeded to use a fireplace poker to smash statues -- including a Roman soldier figure -- and a marble table, took a shower and dressed in the clothing of a former resident who had died, police said.
Sarkisyan identified himself as Leon Sark and told the resident "a light from above told him to do this," Sgt. Stephen Egan told the Hartford Courant. He also said, "God wants me to help the world" and told the homeowner he meant no harm, police said.
Before police arrived, the resident and Sarkisyan had an equally odd conversation.
When the resident tried to call 911 but fumbled with the phone, Sarkisyan said, "You see, God will not let you use the phone," Egan told the Courant.
Police took Sarkisyan into custody at 5:41 p.m. and he told cops he'd smoked "a strange strand of herb" and that caused him to do what he did, Egan told the newspaper.
Sarkisyan was charged with burglary and criminal mischief and bond was set at $50,000. He was released and is due back in court on July 6.
Court records show that Sarkisyan was charged with first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree breach of peace in 2008 and found guilty. Probation was ordered.