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Police: Plumber pawned tools stolen from boss

January 21, 2020 GMT

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A plumber working at a Connecticut mall has been charged with stealing nearly $15,000 worth of his boss’ tools and pawning them, police say.

Mark Bene, 38, of Wallingford, was arrested last week and charged with second-degree larceny, Norwalk police told The Hour for a story published Monday. He was held on $30,000 bond pending a Jan. 27 court appearance, according to court records.

No defense attorney was listed in court records.

Bene’s employer told police he noticed tools going missing from a locked box kept at The SoNo Collection in Norwalk in November. Police said there were no signs of a break-in and it appeared an employee was involved.

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Police investigated and found that Bene sold power tools and materials to pawn shops across Connecticut, including in Norwalk, Meriden and Wallingford, police said.