Three times last winter, Frate Liquor Store at 1937 Post Road was broken into when a rock was used to smash through the front window. Now police have charged a 46-year-old Stamford man with committing two of the crimes.
The third break-in remains under investigation. Darien police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:
The burglaries happened from December 2016 to February of this year. In each incident, the suspect smashed out the front window with a rock, then climbed through. Once inside, he took money from the cash registers.
Police believe the same suspect committed all three break-ins. The burglar was seen on surveillance video recordings.
On Aug. 25, Stamford police arrested a man — Thomas Golterman, 46, of Martin Street in Stamford — suspected of committing several overnight burglaries similar to the ones in Darien.
Based on the surveillance video and other investigation, Darien police detectives determined Golterman had committed the Frate’s burglaries on Dec. 28 and Feb. 19. Police are still investigating a third break-in, which happened on Dec. 15.
In September, police applied for an arrest warrant for Golterman, which was approved. Since Golterman was in the custody of the state Department of Corrections since August, arrangements eventually were made for him to be taken to state Superior Court in Stamford on the Darien charges. That happened on Monday, Nov. 20, when Golterman was charged by Darien police.
He was charged with two counts each of third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. His bond was set at $150,000 for the Darien charges, and he remains in jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for later this month.