A woman reported her wedding and engagement rings stolen from her residence on Sunswyck Road on Monday, Jan. 25.
The platinum wedding band worth $6,800, contains both diamonds and emeralds, while the platinum engagement ring holds three diamonds, which add up to 2.5 karats, and is worth $28,000, according to police.
The woman last saw the rings on Saturday, Jan. 16, and noticed them missing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, police said. She had stored them in a jewelry box on the dressing table in the master bedroom of her residence, and discovered the box open and her pearls moved around but not taken on Jan. 19, according to police.
The complainant has had maintenance work done in the house recently, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
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More than $700 was reported stolen from Equinox at 72 Heights Road on Wednesday, Jan. 27. According to police, $704.20 was supposed to be deposited in a safe at the fitness center on the evening of Jan. 12, but the money was not inside the safe when it was checked on Jan. 13. The employee responsible for depositing the money in the safe denied taking it, police said. There are no signs of forced entry, and police are continuing to interview employees, according to Capt. Fred Komm of the Darien Police.
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Herbert Velez, 18, of Stamford, was charged with possession of marijuana and operating an unregistered motor-vehicle at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. An officer observed Velez driving west on Post Road in 2000 Mitsubishi Galant, with temporary license plates, which had expired in November 2009, according to police. The officer stopped the vehicle on West Avenue, and detected the distinct odor of marijuana inside the vehicle, police said. Upon searching the car, the officer found a small clear plastic bag, containing about 1.1 grams of marijuana, which fell out from behind the ash- tray. Velez posted a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Feb. 8.
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Robert Steczkowski, 38, of Fairfield, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a defective tail lamp and failure to obey a red light at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. An officer observed Steczkowski exit Interstate-95 via the Exit 11 northbound ramp in a 2002 Ford Escape, and take a right at the red light without performing a complete stop, according to police. The officer stopped the vehicle, and detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Steczkowski's breath; Steczkowski failed a field sobriety test, police said. He posted a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Feb. 8.
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A Rolex watch, valued at $24,800 was reported stolen from David Harvey Jewelers, Inc. at 995 Post Road, at 2:38 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29.
A store employee told police that a man, who seemed to be in a rush, asked to see several watches at one time, which is against store policy, according to police. The employee allowed the man to look at one Rolex watch; the suspect then put the watch on his wrist and left the store, police said.
The suspect left the store, and began walking westbound on Post Road, where he was picked up by a "beat-up" silver Toyota Corolla with New York state license plates, police said. Police described the man as an unshaven black male, about 5-feet-10-inches tall and slender, between the ages of 25 and 30, with a noticeable circular scar on his right wrist. He was wearing jeans, a dark navy pea coat and a brown, checkered "Kangol-style" hat, police said.
There was a similar suspicious-person incident in New Canaan, according to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Police Department. During this incident, a store clerk reported seeing a man matching this description behave suspiciously at a New Canaan jewelry store, Ogrinc said.
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Douglas Warchick, 48, of Norwalk, was charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding at 12:12 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. An officer equipped with radar detected Warchick speeding in a 1994 Jeep Cherokee while traveling southbound on Tokeneke Road near Five Mile River Road, according to police. The officer stopped the vehicle over the Norwalk line, and detected a strong odor of alcohol within the vehicle as well as the glassy, bloodshot state of Warchick's eye, police said. Warchick failed a field sobriety test and posted a $250 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 10.