Darien Police Night 03-01-17

Windows Broken, Alarms Set Off at Two Darien Houses Friday Night

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Within about an hour early Friday night, burglar alarms went off at two Darien houses. In the rear of each house, police found windows broken in apparent burglary attempts. The houses are not close to each other — one is on Shady Acres Road, the other on Delafield Island Road, more than three miles away on the east side of Darien — and police have not said whether or not they suspect the two incidents are related. Darien police gave these descriptions of what they found:
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At about 7:30 p.m., police responding to the alarm found two broken window panes on a back door that was left ajar. Several officers came to the scene, and police determined the house wasn’t occupied.

Kurt Vanzuuk arrest photo Darien PD 11-20-17

Man, 35, Charged With Thefts From Darien Home and Vehicles

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When he appeared in court on Monday on other charges, Darien police arrested a 35-year-old man on accusations that he burglarized vehicles and homes in town. Here’s how police described several crimes they accuse the man of committing (with none of the accusations proven in court):

Darien police investigated several overnight car burglaries, car thefts and a burglary of a home in town in late August. In the burglary of a home on Noroton Avenue, two laptop computers were stolen while residents were asleep. A car was stolen from outside a home on Rocaton Road. On Aug.


House Burglarized on Maple Street Saturday Night, Jewelry and Cash Taken

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A man returning to his Maple Street home at about 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 found it had been ransacked, with cash and jewelry missing from the master bedroom, police said. Darien police gave this account of what happened:

When the man, who had been working that evening, returned home, he found the back door of the house unlocked and rooms ransacked. He immediately got out of the house and called police at 11:16 p.m.

Police found that most of the house had been riffled through, and there were several attempted points of entry. It appeared that the home had been entered through a bedroom window and the back door was used to leave.

Darien Police Night 03-01-17

Resident Suspects Attempt at House Burglary: Item Moved, Damage to Window Trim

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When she saw a flower pot near a window moved and the trim around the window damaged in a minor way, a Maple Street resident concluded that someone tried to get into her home and told police about it. The attempted burglary would have been sometime between 3 and 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, the woman told police the next day. She said she also noticed that the window was closed after she had left it open. Police noted that a computer was in clear view of the window, but it hadn’t been disturbed. When police asked neighbors whether or not they’d seen, heard or knew of anything suspicious, none said they had.

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Police: Darien Firefighter Breaks Into Ex-Girlfriend’s Home, Looks Through Her iPad, Computer

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When a Darien woman arrived home at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 15, she found her ex-boyfriend, a local firefighter, had broken in and had tried to look through personal information on her iPad and computer, apparently to see if she was dating anyone, police said. When she confronted Eric Barret, 42, of 1078 R Post Road, Darien, he was holding her iPad as he stood in her living room, according to police. The victim told police that when she asked Barret, a firefighter in the all-volunteer Noroton Heights Fire Department, how he got into her home, he said he broke through the back door using a firefighter’s tool. He later told police he used a “shove key.” The FirehooksUnlimited.com website describes kits for firefighters containing items described as “keys” and “shove knifes.”

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The Curious Case of the Illicit Television Watcher

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Be aware, as you’re reading this, that the curious circumstances surrounding this crime happened not once, but twice, making it all twice as weird:

A resident of Avalon Darien apartments at 137 Hollow Tree Ridge Road reported to police at 5:03 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 that, again, the door leading into his first-floor apartment had been locked from the inside with the deadbolt lock. His key doesn’t work for that lock. And the television was on inside the apartment. There is the sliding glass patio door, which allowed police to get into the apartment without breaking down the hallway door.