Two construction sites burglarized
Updated 6:15 pm, Tuesday, August 2, 2016
DARIEN — Two construction sites in the north end of town were burglarized last week, resulting in thousands of dollars in stolen construction equipment and home appliances, said the Darien Police Department.
The first robbery was reported on Monday, July 25 from a residence under construction on Greenleaf Avenue. The construction manager for the project reported that the paint contractor found 11 five-gallon buckets of paint, two stepladders, spackling tools and a dry-walling equipment were missing from the site.
According to the manager, the items were last seen at the construction site at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. The paint buckets were inside the garage, which did not yet have doors installed. The remaining items were inside the house, but there was no door connecting the garage to the interior of the house.
There was no damage to the residence, which is still undergoing interior instruction. The overall value of the stolen items came to $2,750. The construction manager also reported that $500 worth of copper had been stolen from the site back in May but had not been reported to the police.
On Wednesday, July 27, another burglary was reported from a second construction site for a residence being built on Stephanie Lane, several minutes away from the site of the first burglary.
The general contractor reported that someone entered the construction site on Stephanie Lane between Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. the next morning using the rear French doors to the kitchen. There were tire tracks leading from the driveway to the backyard where the doors were located and water on the kitchen floors.
Upon further inspection, police found that most of the kitchen appliances had been stolen. This included two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Marvel wine refrigerators, a Marvel beer keg cooler, a Marvel pull-out drawer refrigerator, a Bosch dishwasher, a Bosch microwave, two sink faucets and an installation kit.
The total value of the items stolen came to $27,335. The unoccupied home also had extensive floor damage because the water line connected to the refrigerators had been ripped out.
Detectives processed the scene and canvassed the area. As of Tuesday, Aug. 2, the police could not say whether or not the burglaries were connected.