NORWICH – A man was arrested for stealing more than $8,000 from Norwich businesses and churches following an investigation by the Norwich Police Department into a spate of commercial burglaries.
On Monday morning Alexander R. Guzman, 32, of Norwich, was charged with several felonies and was released without bail.
He is facing eight counts of third-degree burglary, class D felonies, one count of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, two counts of petit larceny, class A misdemeanors, and six counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, class A misdemeanors.
In a statement representatives of the Norwich Police Department said Guzman forcefully broke into eight buildings owned by local businesses and churches starting back in July 2019. Police added that Guzman had stolen between $8,000 and $10,000 in total.
According to City of Norwich Police Chief Rodney Marsh, the eight-month-long investigation resulted in appearance tickets and a release for Guzman due to the recent criminal justice bail reforms.
“This individual is responsible for numerous burglaries of local businesses and churches in the City of Norwich, dating back to early July 2019,” said Marsh. “He caused damage to many of the buildings while gaining entry and then stole property once inside.”