[Editor's note: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.]
A Fairfield man was arrested late Wednesday after he allegedly tried to break into a pizza place in town and also stole an 18-pack of Bud Light, police said.
A neighbor of Maione's Brick Oven & Ristorante on Stratfield Road called police at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to report that a man was banging a fire extinguisher against the door of the pizza place in what appeared to be an attempt to break in.
The man then walked away toward Church Hill Road and Wilson Street, the neighbor told police.
When officers arrived at Maione's, they saw the door's deadbolt lock was on the ground, observed damage to the door. They also saw a man standing about a block away from the restaurant. The man -- later identified as Mauro Fanelli, 25, of Paisley Lane -- was questioned and released, according to the report.
Police continued to investigate the scene and found a fire extinguisher in the bushes. They also observed Fanelli again, who was carrying an 18-pack of Bud Light that he said he had purchased from a liquor store, according to the report.
But police had received a report earlier of a burglary from a workshop on a Church Hill Road property -- and stolen was an 18-pack of Bud Light had been stolen, police said.
After being taken into custody, Fanelli reportedly admitted to taking the beer from the workshop on Church Hill Road. Police also found paint on Fanelli and linked him to the attempted burglary at Maione's, according to the report.
Fanelli was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear in court on Feb. 7.