Former employee caught stealing $9 from Hartford restaurant

Corner Grinder Restaurant (Image: Google Maps)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A former employee of a restaurant on Franklin Avenue is facing multiple charges after a police officer witnessed him break-in and take nine dollars in rolled coins Sunday night.

Just after 10:15 p.m., a patrol officer was in the area of the Corner Grinder Restaurant at 200 Franklin Avenue, due to a rash of recent burglaries in the area. Police said that the officer saw a man walking away from the rear of the sandwich shop dressed in all black, with a hood pulled tightly around his face. He was attempting to hide a large pair of bolt cutters, according to police. The restaurant was closed and dark at the time.

Additional police arrived on the scene, and they approached the suspect. Officers discovered that the suspect,  48-year-old Carlos Torres-Fernandez, of Hartford, was in possession of nine dollars in rolled coins, a cash register key, and a Boar’s Head pencil. The bolt cutters were found tossed in the grass not far from where Torres-Fernandez was standing.

Further investigation revealed that the rear door of the restaurant was found open, and the bars on a rear window were forced apart; which indicated an active break-in to the officers on the scene. Restaurant management were called, and arrived to provided an inventory of the missing items. Police said that the items reported missing by restaurant management matched the items found with Torres-Fernandez. Restaurant managers identified Torres-Fernandez as a former employee.

Torres-Fernandez is charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, larceny, and criminal mischief. Hartford police are continuing their investigation.

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