Darien Police arrest one, issue warrant for second suspect in December vehicle, home burglaries

A 17-year-old man from Norwalk turned himself in on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and warrants have been issued for a second suspect in connection with car and home break-ins in Darien. 

Detectives from the Darien Police Department have been working closely with surrounding jurisdictions experiencing the same increase in burglaries (residential and motor vehicle). Through these partnerships, two suspects were developed in the above cases. In addition to the incidents in Darien, both suspects have been charged by neighboring departments in similar crimes.

On Wednesday, the 17-year-old was charged with second degree burglary, fourth degree larceny, and second degree criminal trespass in one Darien incident. For the second incident, he was charged with third degree burglary and sixth degree larceny from a motor vehicle. 

The arrest and warrant were allegedly related to the below incidents in December on Fairfield Avenue and Edgewood Road.

An unlocked car and home on Fairfield Avenue in Darien was allegedly broken into in December, Darien Police said.

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In the first incident, a Fairfield Avenue resident told Darien Police that a purse had been left in her unlocked Honda Odyssey, parked in her garage, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. At the time, the garage door had been locked but the rear entrance door had been left unlocked. The resident said she returned to the car on Dec. 26, and found her purse missing, the sliding side door open and the interior vehicle light on.

The resident said she reported delaying the reporting of the larceny as she wanted to make sure the purse had not been misplaced. Inside the purse were various bank/credit cards, $50 in cash, and a checkbook. There were no signs of forced entry into the garage or vehicle.

On New Year’s Day, the resident notified police that she had just discovered her husband’s laptop missing. The laptop had been just inside the rear sliding-door to the residence on a desk. The door had been left unlocked.

In the second incident, on Dec. 26, an Edgewood Road resident stated that they arrived home at approximately 10 p.m. the evening prior and parked their two vehicles in the driveway. Neither vehicle was locked. This morning, the door of the resident’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler was found ajar. Further inspection revealed a flashlight, normally kept in the trunk, on the front driver’s seat. Nothing appeared to be missing. The 2018 Suburban was checked, and appeared to have been entered. The glove box and center console were both ajar, and a blanket was missing from the trunk area.

The Norwalk juvenile was released into the custody of a parent and is due in Bridgeport Juvenile Court on Jan. 15.