Rowayton man arrested for backing into Darien pharmacy
Matthew C. Ilchert, 29, of 117 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, was charged with third-degree criminal attempt to burglary Friday morning.
The Darien Police responded to Grieb's Pharmacy, 1021 Post Road, to investigate a burglar alarm activation at 4:28 a.m. Upon their arrival, officers observed damage to the pharmacy's front doors, consistent with the doors being struck by a vehicle to gain entry, police said.
A surveillance tape showed an SUV back up onto the sidewalk in front of the business, and backing into the doors three times, according to police. While the doors sustained damage from the multiple impacts, Ilchert was unable to gain entry, police said. The video shows the vehicle driving away, westbound on Post Road.
The incident in Stamford was a "smash and grab," involving a 2000 Cadillac Escalade, according to Komm.
"The Stamford Police gave us the license plate of the vehicle, and it came back to a residence in Rowayton," he said.
Darien officers proceeded to the residence, and found the vehicle parked in the driveway, police said. The SUV had damage to the rear bumper consistent with the attempted burglary, according to police.
Police determined that Ilchert had been driving the vehicle at the time of the incident, and Ilchert confessed to having been involved, Komm said.
"There was quite a bit of damage to the double glass door and frame at Grieb's," Komm said. "But they are open for business today and repairs are being made."
Ilchert posted a $10,000 bond and is due in court on March 15.