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Norwalk Soccer Coach Finds Lesson in Theft

The back door was forced open and merchandise was stolen, but Aldwin St. George was taking it in stride. "We look at it particularly like an athletic event," said St. George, proprietor of Soccer With Aldwin at 21 First St. "As someone who has competed for years: 'You get hurt, you have a choice. Either stay on the ground or get up and compete.' And that's what we look at."

St. George's upstairs neighbor reported the break-in to Norwalk police at 10:46 a.m. Monday. Two 46-inch flat screen Sony televisions, a Vizio 37-inch television, two Sony DVD players, and soccer jerseys and jackets were missing. The register was open, but no money was gone.

The televisions had been mounted on the wall. "It didn't come across to me that it was a random act," St. George said.

Police had no suspects in the thefts. By Tuesday evening, there was no evidence of a problem in the store, which was fully stocked. "You walk in and it doesn't look like anything happened because we spent all last night restocking," St. George said.

He runs a free soccer clinic Tuesday evenings at Veterans Memorial Park. Tuesday night's lesson plan for the children reflected his own life, with a theme of overcoming obstacles, he said. "Last week we felt that they did not work together as much. Particularly, the idea is, 'When difficulty arises, what do you do?' I'm excited about it."

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