DARIEN — A 45-year-old Norwalk man was charged with burglary after he entered a woman’s home while her neighbor was dogsitting for her.

The victim reported the incident to Darien police on Dec. 3 around 10:25 p.m. The woman told police she’d been away for awhile and was having her neighbor stop by her Noroton Heights apartment to check on it and care for her dog. When she returned, the neighbor told her Sean Mobley, of Neptune Avenue, had been in her apartment while she was gone.

The Norwalk man entered through the front door using a key while the neighbor was caring for the dog and said he was there because he was concerned about the victim and her daughter. When the neighbor said they weren’t home, Mobley told the neighbor he didn’t have to tell the victim he’d been there. Mobley then left the apartment.

The victim told police she has a protective order against Mobley and he didn’t have permission to be in her home. Officers confirmed the order and contacted Norwalk Police. Darien and Norwalk officers went to Mobley’s home and saw him through a front window. When they rang the doorbell, they saw Mobley get up and run to the back of the house. An elderly woman answered the door and said she was Mobley’s mother. When asked, she told police she didn’t know Mobley’s location. While Darien officers spoke with the woman, Norwalk officers went to the back of the home and took Mobley into custody as he tried to leave through the rear door.

Mobley admitted to being in the victim’s home when she was away, despite knowing he shouldn’t have been there and there was an active protective order. He was taken to Darien Police headquarters where he was charged with violation of a protective order and second-degree burglary. He was unable to post a $50,000 bond and was brought to Stamford Superior Court Dec. 4.

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