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Customer Suspected in Robbery of Norwalk Man

A man who had gone into the West Avenue store to buy a phone card allegedly robbed an employee of City Supermarket near his home Monday. The storeowner and employees agreed that the man had bought a phone card and then returned, saying he had lost his cell phone. Store personnel said they didn't have it but would call if they found it. At the same time, the employee was given his pay in cash and left for home.

He was in the parking lot at 4 Merwin St. when a dark-colored car approached. A man got out of the car, leaving it running, and came toward him. He recognized him as the customer, who was still wearing a distinctive black and red hat. The man had a knife. He took the employee's money and cell phone, ran back to the car and drove off. The investigation was continuing.

Also from the police blotter:

• A father brought stolen merchandise into Norwalk police headquarters late Sunday. His 18-year-old son, Andrew Rodriguez-Benalcazar, was arrested Tuesday in connection with a break-in early Sunday.

The bottom half of the glass door at the Champs Elysees Boutique was smashed between 1:30 and 7 a.m. Sunday. Police were called to the 83 Wall St. location at 10:30 a.m. and found glass display cases broken and merchandise strewn through the store. Jewelry display cases had been emptied and the store ransacked, but the owner wasn't sure what was missing.

The father went to the police station without his son, saying he thought it was the right thing to do. He had belts, watches and handbags bearing price tags. Rodriguez-Benalcazar said he had found the items in the street, near the store. He was charged with criminal mischief, larceny and burglary. Bond was set at $250.

• There was blood all over the kitchen when police arrived at 21 Grove St. on New Year's Eve. A 43-year-old man had a deep cut on his left forearm but hadn't called police himself. His roommates had come home, found him bleeding and called 911. They agreed another roommate, who had fled, had inflicted the wound with a utility knife. Police were looking for the alleged assailant.

• A 16-year-old boy was given a summons on assault charges after he jumped another boy from behind and punched him at Norwalk High School at about noon Monday. The headmaster saw him and held him back. He was released into his mother's custody.

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