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Norwalk Man Charged in Car Burglary

NORWALK – A man suspected in a car burglary was arrested Saturday after Norwalk Police found him hiding under a mattress in the back of a parked box truck. Police were looking for the man because his wife thought he might be suicidal. Sgt. Lisa Cotto said police were able to connect him to at least one auto burglary. She said the man had a crack pipe when he was arrested.

Stephen Martin, 38, of 60 Wolfpit Ave. was charged with larceny fifth degree, burglary third degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession near a school. Bond was $30,000.

Cotto said Martin's wife told police where to look for him after he threatened to kill himself. The wife said her husband was a drug user, according to Cotto, and that he was with a woman he likes to get high with.

Police found the box truck parked at the intersection of South Main and Novak streets at about 4:40 p.m. Saturday, Cotto said. A witness indicated there were people in the back of the truck. Police broke into the truck and found a woman sleeping on a mattress, which was perched on milk crates. Martin was underneath and was ordered out. Police drew a Taser on him, but he was cooperative.

Cotto said police suspect Martin of breaking the window of a 2007 Jaguar on Oct. 13 at L.A. Fitness on Main Avenue. The owner's pocketbook was stolen. Cotto could not say what led police to identify Martin as a suspect. She added that they think he may have been involved in other burglaries.

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