Cops: Man tried to batter way into pizza parlor
A Paisley Lane man was taken into custody late Wednesday night after police said he was seen using a fire extinguisher to try to break into a pizza parlor on Stratfield Road.
He also, police said, stole an 18-pack of beer from a Churchill Road workshop.
Mauro Mark Fanelli, 25, was charged with two counts each of third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, and one count each of criminal attempt to commit larceny and sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear Feb. 7 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Police received a call around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday from a neighbor of Maione's Brick Oven Pizza, 1244 Stratfeld Road, reporting that a man was trying to break the lock on the restaurant's back door with a fire extinguisher. After several unsuccessful attempts, the caller said, the man walked away toward Wilson Street and Churchill Road.
When officers arrived, they found the door's dead bolt broken off and the door damaged. Fanelli was found about a block away from the restaurant and questioned, but released by police.
During the investigation, police found the fire extinguisher in nearby bushes and again spotted Fanelli, this time carrying an 18-pack of Bud Lite, which he initially claimed he bought at a liquor store.
After being taken into custody, police said Fanelli later admitted to breaking into a workshop on Churchill Road and taking the beer.