DARIEN — Darien police just made an arrest in connection with a series of break-ins at Frate’s Wines & Liquors last winter.
Thomas Golterman, 46, of Martin Street in Stamford was brought to Stamford Superior Court on Monday from the Connecticut Department of Corrections and charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of sixth-degree larceny and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief.
Between December 2016 and February 2017, the Post Road liquor store was robbed three times. In all three incidents, the suspect smashed the front window of the store with a rock and climbed through it to enter the store where he would remove cash left in the registers. Police suspected the same person was responsible for all three incidents.
On Aug. 25, Stamford police picked up Golterman in the process of committing several overnight burglaries that were similar to the incident at Frate’s Liquors. Based on surveillance footage and further investigation, Darien police determined Golterman was responsible for the Dec. 28 and Feb. 19 robberies of the liquor store. The original Dec. 15 robbery is still under investigation.
Darien police issued a warrant for Golterman’s arrest in connection with the two burglaries on Aug. 28. However, as Golterman was in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Connections, arrangements had to be made to bring him to court in Stamford.
Golterman appeared in Stamford Superior Court on Nov. 20 on the Stamford burglary-related charges. He was issued a $150,000 bond and remains in state custody. He will appear again on the Darien charges later this month.