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Police: Norwalk Man Stole $4,000 From Grandparents' Safe

James Dunn, 30, was charged with breaking into his grandparents' house and stealing $4,000 from a safe.
James Dunn, 30, was charged with breaking into his grandparents' house and stealing $4,000 from a safe. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- A Norwalk man was charged with breaking into his grandparents' house last year and stealing $4,000 in cash from a safe, according to police.

James Dunn, 30, was charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree larceny. He was held on $50,000 bond and appeared in court Tuesday.

The arrest stemmed from a residential burglary on Scribner Avenue reported on June 6, 2014, police said.

A 75 year-old woman said she had received a call a week earlier from her grandson, Dunn, asking for $13 for train fare, police said. She told him that she had only $8, and that she would leave it under the mat for him, according to police. Dunn complained about the amount, but she said she was leaving the house and couldn't give him any more, police said. He asked when she would be returning home, and then hung up.

When the woman returned home that day, she noticed that the screen window in her bedroom appeared to have been tampered with, but didn't give it much thought, police said. A week later she went to a small safe she had and noticed that $4,000 she had been saving for a vacation was missing. 

She reported the missing cash to police, telling them about her conversation with her grandson and saying that she suspected him, according to police reports. She said he had a drug problem and had stolen from her in the past, police said. She also told police that her grandson had briefly lived in the house, and would know where the safe was located.

Police processed the scene and swabbed the safe for DNA. Detectives tried to get in contact with Dunn but were unsuccessful. They sent the DNA samples to the state lab for testing.

On July 1, 2015, Norwalk police were notified by New Haven police that they had Dunn in custody on an unrelated charge. Norwalk police went and spoke with him, and he admitted to taking the money, according to police reports. He said he had used a ladder to climb in the window, took the cash, and used it to buy heroin, according to police.

Norwalk police transported Dunn to Norwalk, where he was arraigned on the burglary charge.

He was also charged with charged with fifth-degree larceny in connection with an unrelated burglary that occurred in May 2014. In that case, Dunn is accused of stealing a ring and gold chain from an acquaintance's house on Jenny Jenks Street and pawning it, according to police reports.

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