Handyman Charged With Pair Of Burglaries At Norwalk Restaurant

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Norwalk Police charged Mustafa Muhammad, 43, of Monroe Street with burglary and larceny this week.
Norwalk Police charged Mustafa Muhammad, 43, of Monroe Street with burglary and larceny this week. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man was charged with entering a local business overnight to steal small amounts of cash last month, according to police reports.

The owner of a Monroe Street restaurant told police that $40 had been taken from the business’s cash register overnight on two consecutive nights in late January. The owner had left a total of $75 each night in the register but noticed only $35 was there each morning, police said. No sign of forced entry was found, police said.

The business turned over video surveillance footage, which showed a black male entering the back door of the restaurant each night. Investigators identified the man as Mustafa Muhammad, 43, of Monroe Street, police said. Muhammad had been a handyman working for the building’s owner, who had given Muhammad a key for emergencies, according to police reports.

Muhammad was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and charged with two counts each of third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny. He was released on $5,000 bond, and is due in court on Feb. 28.

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