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Three Arrested in Norwalk Car Wash Incidents

Two Norwalk car washes ran into problems that required calling the Norwalk police over the weekend.

• A Norwalk man allegedly drew a knife Saturday morning while in a physical fight with the manager of Fred's Car Wash, 498 Westport Ave. Jorge Rodas, 32, of 20 Fairview Ave., was arrested and charged with breach of peace and criminal trespass. There was no bond.

Rodas pulled his van into the car wash and parked next to the vacuums with no intention of using them, police said. The manager told him to move his vehicle, and Rodas said he needed to leave it there for an hour. The fight ensued, police said.

• Two Norwalk cousins allegedly worked in tandem to steal money from a tip jar Friday evening at the Star Car Wash, 83 Fort Point St. William Smith, 23, of 51 Lincoln Ave., and Jarrett Smith, 21, of Woodward Avenue, were arrested and charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy. No bond was listed.

Police used video surveillance footage to watch the younger cousin force open the top of the locked tip jar and reach in and take the money, as the older Smith served as a lookout. The footage also showed the license plate of the car, which belonged to Jarrett Smith.

The pair split $60 – the manager knew how much was in the tip jar because he had just taken out 60 $1 bills and replaced them with larger currency. Police went to Jarrett's mother's house on Woodward Avenue, his known address, and found him there. Both men allegedly admitted to stealing the money and say they made a bad decision, according to police.

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