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Darien Police Warn of Bizarre Burglaries

DARIEN, Conn. – A string of unusual burglaries in Darien and surrounding towns have the Darien police warning residents to take precautions. Thieves have been gaining entry to houses by cutting holes in second floor exterior walls.

The burglars are primarily targeting jewelry. They first hit a house on Pembroke Road in August and then a house on Valley Forge Road in September.

On Sunday, residents of a home on Inwood Road fell victim to the same type of robbery. They returned home to find that thieves had removed the shingles on the side of the house, cut through the plywood sheeting with a saw and punched through the sheetrock. Once inside, they stole jewelry, a camera, a gold and diamond watch, and a flat-screen television. The total value of the stolen items was estimated at $15,000.

Police said the burglaries have occurred near the Merritt Parkway and typically in residences in relatively secluded areas set back from the roadway. The burglars are targeting unoccupied houses, and the burglaries take place on weekends during the overnight hours.

Police are warning residents to take the following precautions:

• If your home is equipped with an alarm system, make certain it is activated.

• If you plan on going away, advise your neighbors and ask that they call the police immediately if they observe any unusual or suspicious activity.

• Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries, or have someone take possession of these items for you every day.

• Leave exterior and interior lights on, preferably activated by a timer.

• Make certain that any ladders on your property are stored and secured.

• Should you observe any unusual or suspicious activity, don't hesitate to immediately call 911.

Similar crimes have also occurred in Fairfield, Westport and Stamford.

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