Norwalk police on Tuesday arrested a 26-year-old man on charges that he broke into a garage on Thames Street and stole tools worth more than $2,000.
Police gave this account (an accusation not proven in court) of the matter:
On Jan. 17, a resident of Thames Street told police that sometime in the past week his garage had been broken into and various tools with a total value of $2,280 had been stolen.
Among the missing: a $180 skill saw a $470 set of sockets and a $600 laseer level.
Then, on Jan. 30. the owner told police he had just seen many of the tools for sale in the Yankee Pedder pawn shop at 212 Main Ave. The pawn shop owner put the items in safe keeping for police and looked through his records to see who had sold them to the store.
The records named Conrad Peterson, 24, of Morristown, NJ. The pawn shop regularly takes pictures of those who sell to it, and Peterson's photo was on file. He had given as his address the address of the home from which the items had been stolen.
Peterson turned himself in to police on Tuesday after learning of the warrant for his arrest. He was chaged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and first-degree failure to appear in court.