‘Career’ thief arraigned in $180K Darien burglary
Updated 11:00 pm, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
STAMFORD — Police say a Bridgeport man with a long history of stealing from families of Indian descent has been linked to a 2013 residential burglary in Darien where he took $180,000 worth of items.
Dirk Lloyd, 39, of Melrose Avenue, was extradited this week to Connecticut from New York where he was in prison for other burglaries.
Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Steven Weiss called Lloyd a “career criminal” during his arraignment Tuesday on the third-degree burglary and first-degree larceny charges for the Darien incident. Lloyd was convicted several times of burglary in New York between 1998 and 2015 and has been charged in Connecticut with breach of peace and violation of probation.
Judge Auden Grogins ordered Lloyd held in lieu of $250,000 bond due to his criminal history and because Norwalk police have a warrant for his arrest for another burglary.
Lloyd has been serving a jail sentence at the Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook, N.Y., court records show.
According to the Lloyd’s arrest affidavit and other reports in his court file, DNA evidence linked him to a Darien burglary on West Avenue that occurred on Nov. 15, 2013.
The homeowner, who is of Indian descent, returned with his family and found the place ransacked with $180,000 worth of gold and diamond jewelry, silver coins and cash stolen, the affidavit said.
Darien police recovered a glove outside a first-floor bathroom window where they believed the burglar entered the home. Lloyd’s DNA was found on the glove, the affidavit said.
DNA evidence linked Lloyd to two New York burglaries in Nassau County in 2009 and 2011, the affidavit said. The homeowners were also Indian, the affidavit said.
The New York Police Department charged Lloyd in 2014 with two burglaries of Indian immigrants that occurred in 2010. Lloyd’s DNA was also linked to a burglary of an Indian family’s home in 2010 in Schenectady, N.Y., the affidavit said.
The affidavit also says Norwalk police have identified Lloyd as a suspect for a burglary of an Indian family’s home.
Lloyd did not enter a plea when he appeared Tuesday for the arraignment.