Off-duty Darien Police officer thwarts burglary
A Stamford man was arrested on multiple charges, including carrying a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit burglary, after he and a teen were spotted by an off-duty Darien Police officer walking on West Avenue late Sunday, Sept. 16.
Two bicycles stolen in Greenwich were recovered at the scene.
The off-duty officer contacted headquarters around 11:40 p.m. after seeing what was described a pair of suspicious individuals walking, with bikes and wearing dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts, near Ridgely Street.
Officers found two males matching the description in the area. The older man was identified as 19-year-old Doudly Pierre of Noble Street in Stamford, who was accompanied by a 17-year-old from Stamford.
Police said that when Pierre was asked if he had any contraband on him he appeared “nervous and jittery,” responding that he had something in his sweatshirt pocket but that it was “not real.”
The officer reached into the pocket of Pierre’s sweatshirt and removed what appeared to be a BB gun. Pierre again told police that it was not real, although the officer noted it resembled an actual firearm and had no obvious markings on it indicating it was a BB gun, such as a red tip on the barrel.
Officers said they also found Pierre was carrying several pair of latex gloves and an unwound piece of metal wire, which police said is commonly used to pick locks.
While speaking with the juvenile suspect, officers determined that the bicycles that the two individuals had were stolen out of Greenwich.
A small bag of marijuana was found on the juvenile, according to police, and both were transported to headquarters.
Once at headquarters, Pierre admitted that he and the teen planned to go to a friend’s house in Norwalk and burglarize it. The plan was to have the juvenile enter the home and distract the friend while Pierre burglarized it. Pierre was carrying latex gloves so that he would not leave any fingerprints, police said.
When asked about the BB gun, police said Pierre stated it was for his protection.
Pierre confirmed the bicycle he was in possession of was stolen from Greenwich.
Pierre was charged with interfering with an officer, possession of burglary tools, carrying a dangerous weapon, sixth-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary. He was held in lieu of a $5,000 bond and is due in court Thursday, Sept. 27.
The 17-year-old was issued a juvenile summons for conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana. He was released to a parent on a written promise to appear in court.