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Suspect at large after H&B's Hop break in, theft

Zoe Greszler • May 17, 2018 at 5:56 PM

Norwalk police are asking for the community’s help in an ongoing investigation stemming from the break in of a local ice cream shop.

H&B's Hop Ice Cream Shop told customers via a Facebook post that they had suffered a break in and theft Saturday.

“We are opening late. We had a break in last night,” the business posted at about noon Sunday. “The detectives are in the building and we cannot open at this time. Will update as soon as we get an update. (Sad emoticon)” 

The shop opened at 2 p.m. after detectives assessed the situation and gathered “quite a bit of evidence,” according to interim Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney. 

Conney said the crime occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning before the business opened. 

“It was a (breaking and entering) of an unoccupied structure, and a theft did occur,” he said. “Basically they were able to pry the lock off the door and ... they essentially pried the door open.”

Conney wasn’t able to provide details on what was stolen, but said the damage done inside “wasn’t to the degree to hamper business operation.”

“I can’t really comment any further, though, on the theft because that information could help us in this case. I don’t want to jeopardize the case,” he said. “As of right now, it looks like it was purely for monetary gain.” 

Conney verified one or more people broke into the H&B, caused some damage and stole something(s) from inside.

“We do have a lot of evidence and the hope is it’s going to be useful in the case,” he said. “That has been sent in to be processed and we are awaiting the results.” 

The interim chief said there was no video footage that assisted in recognizing the suspect(s), but has asked the community to contact the police “if anyone has any information that could be of assistance. We’d appreciate the call.” 

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