A former employee was spotted trying to hide bolt cutters was arrested after police said they caught him trying to burglarize a Hartford grinder shop.
Carlos Torres-Fernandez, 48, was spotted by a patrolling officer near the Corner Grinder Shop on Franklin Avenue Sunday night.
Police said the area had experienced a number of burglaries.
The officer allegedly saw him trying to conceal a large pair of bolt cutters. He was also wearing all black clothing with a hoodie tied tightly around his head.
The suspect continued towards a nearby construction site.
When officers eventually approached Torres-Fernandez, he was found to have $9 in rolled coins, a cash register key and a Boar's Head pencil on him.
The cutters were found tossed in the grass near him.
Investigators said they also learned that an alarm was tripped at the Corner Grinder Shop. They found that a rear door was open and the bars on a rear window were forced apart.
The eatery's management was contacted and asked to provide an inventory of missing items.
The items that were missing matched those found on the suspect, police said.
The suspect was also identified as a former employee.
Torres-Fernandez was charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal mischief.
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