Darien Police arrested a New York man for trying to steal a watch from a Post Road jeweler on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Plain-clothed officers chased the man from David Harvey Jewelers to the Darien train station where he was apprehended.
Police said that Gorham Valentine, of Mount Vernon, had visited the jeweler in the past and inquired about high-end watches, but never bought anything. During that same time frame in 2012, a subject matching Valentine’s description had gone in to Henry Reid Jewelers in New Canaan under the same pretense, and when store personnel showed the watch to the subject, he fled the store with the watch without payment, police said.
Plain-clothed officers watched Valentine in the store as he received a call on his cell phone, which was believed to be from an accomplice acting as a lookout alerting him to police presence in the area, police said. As the officers approached Valentine, he fled the store running toward the train station where he was apprehended.
Valentine was charged with interfering/resisting arrest and third-degree criminal attempt to larceny. Valentine posted a $50,000 bond and was released with a court date of Monday, Feb. 4.