Five homes burglarized in Darien: jewelry, gun, silverware stolen
Published 1:00 pm, Friday, July 22, 2016
Police reported they had five reports of home burglaries over the past several weeks, including four in Tokeneke. There is no word yet if the robberies were related.
According to police, three of the Tokeneke burglaries were reported between July 4 and 5.
Police responded to 76 Arrowhead Way around 7:20 p.m. on July 5 after the homeowner contacted police to report several items missing from the master bedroom. The homeowner told police the burglary likely took place between July 1 and July 5, shortly before the time of the report, when the house was unoccupied.
Drawers in a desk were open, a small safe containing identification documents was missing from on top of an armoire and bathroom cabinets and drawers were opened. Located in the bathroom, a second small safe, containing a 9-millimeter Glock handgun, had been removed from its cabinet. Several other items had been moved around.
The second floor window above the tub in the bathroom had been smashed though no ladder was found during a search of the neighborhood.
Police have a potential suspect for the Arrowhead Way burglary.
Also on July 5, police received a report of a burglary from a homeowner on South Trail who had also been away since July 1. The homeowner told police he had noticed things out of place and jewelry had been spread over the floor in the master bedroom. He told police he was waiting for his wife to return from out-of-state to determine what, if anything, was missing.
In both cases, neighbors did not see anything unusual during the time the homeowners were away. A third burglary on Cross Road was reported on July 4, though nothing was reported missing.
The third Tokeneke break-in was reported on July 9. Police said they responded to a call at 39 Tower Dr. at 1 a.m. for a residential burglary. The owner and her husband had just returned from vacation. The owner said when she went to deactivate her security alarm, she found it did not have any power. She also said her front door had been forced open and there was evidence of an attempt at entry through their back doors as well. The front door was cracked and splintered at the latch point.
Officers checked the residence and did not find any intruders. However, a first-floor office had been ransacked, as well as a first-floor bedroom. The contents of the drawers had been dumped on the floor and pictures had been removed from the wall in what may have been an attempt to locate a hidden safe.
Upon further inspection, police found the second-floor master bedroom and children’s rooms had also been searched. In the basement, police found the security system control panel open and ripped out of the wall. The battery backup was also disconnected.
The owners found all items of value to be in place and intact and nothing seemed to be missing. The owner checked with their alarm company and found no signal had come from the residence.
Police believe the robbery occurred between 5:30 a.m. on July 9 and when the owners arrived home in the early morning on July 12. There were no other homes robbed in the area and there is no known connection to other burglaries in town. The detective division is still investigating.
Police also received reports of a fourth break-in in Tokeneke.
At 12:40 p.m. on July 16, officers responded to a report of a robbery at an Old Farm Road residence. Officers set up a perimeter around the home and cleared it of intruders after a security sweep.
The homeowners had been away since the morning of July 15. When they returned two days later, they found their rear patio glass door was smashed and their kitchen drawers and upstairs closet had been rummaged through.
The homeowners accompanied the officers as they surveyed the scene and reported several items of jewelry missing from the master bedroom closet. There was also a silverware set reported missing from the dining room area.
All five break-ins are under investigation.