A 46-year-old man has been arrested for stealing electricity at the vacant Salvation Army building in New Haven where police found a headless torso while investigating the dismemberment of a homeless man earlier this week.
David Andaz, also known as David Pollack, was arrested Wednesday for third-degree burglary and theft of utility services at the former Salvation Army facility at 301 George Street. He was also charged with violating his probation.
Police said Andaz is one of several people questioned in relation to the death of Ray Roberson, whose severed legs were found near the State Street Railroad Station earlier this month. A pair of arms found blocks away are likely also those of Roberson, according to police.
Authorities investigating the case found a human torso at 301 George Street after learning that Roberson may have visited or stayed in the building. It's not clear whether the torso is Roberson's.
Andaz has not been charged in or directly linked to the dismemberment case. Police said they arrested him when they arrived to search the building and discovered the facility had working electricity. Andaz was there when police arrived.
Court records show Andaz was previously charged with second-degree breach of peace in connection with an incident that occurred March 5. He has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court the morning of Aug. 3.
Andaz is being held on $500,000 bond in connection with Wednesday's arrest.
Police said they continue to investigate the dismemberment case and "there are a great amount of resources being devoted to solving it." Investigators are still searching buildings on George Street and Crown Street for clues.
Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call detectives at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous.