Electricity Cut Off to Downtown Darien Jewelry Store in Attempt to Rob It

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On the night of Aug. 10 to 11, a Saturday and Sunday, alarms were activated at a downtown jewelry store when the circuit breaker was broken into and the electricity was turned off in a suspected burglary attempt.

Here’s what police said in their report:

Police officers responded to several alarm activations that night at David Harvey Jewelers at 995 Post Road. Each time, officers reported that the business was secure.

The next day, the owner of the store told police that Eversource was called and told the jewelry store that the problem must be on the premises, because power to the building (which has other tenants) didn’t appear to have been interrupted. Only electricity going to the jewelry store had been stopped.

On Saturday morning, an electrician was called to look into the matter and see what was wrong. The electrician found that the locking mechanism for the electricity breakers outside the building had been damaged in order to get into the box. Only the breaker for the jewelry store had been turned off — not the other five breakers.

The store owner told police that a a jewelry store industry group had described a trend in which thieves cut power to a business, allowed police and employees to respond to the alarm got activated by doing that, then burglarize the business once police and employees left the scene.

A review of video surveillance records from the business showed that around the time of the alarms, two males were in the area each time. Surveillance from a neighboring business shows one of the males and a female walking in the area earlier that day.

Police detectives went to the scene to process it for evidence.

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