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$4,000 In Hong Kong Currency Stolen In Distraction Home Burglary In Darien

Darien Police reported the theft of about $4,000 in Hong Kong currency from a home on Sept. 28 in a distraction burglary.
Darien Police reported the theft of about $4,000 in Hong Kong currency from a home on Sept. 28 in a distraction burglary. Photo Credit: Daily Voice File photo

DARIEN, Conn. -- Thieves who distracted an older woman probably didn't expect the only thing they would find is about $4,000 in Hong Kong dollars during a burglary at a Herman Avenue residence, Darien police said.

Police said that at about 11 a.m. Sept. 28, a man approached a woman in the front yard of the Darien residence. The woman's daughter owns the home and wasn't there at time, police said.

The man spoke to her, but she doesn't understand English, police said. The man went into the backyard and the woman followed, with the man pointing at a grassy area of the yard, police said.

Unnerved by the encounter, the woman went to a neighbor's for help and when she returned to the home the man was gone, police said.

Later in the day, the homeowner returned and her mother related the encounter.

The daughter reviewed footage from a video surveillance system that showed two people walking inside the home, putting on gloves and walking upstairs, police said. They were then seen walking downstairs before disappearing from view, police said.

Police said the man appeared to be about 6 feet tall, with a thin build and was possibly Hispanic. He was also holding what the woman said was a walkie-talkie although he never used it, police said.

Police said about $4,000 Hong Kong in dollars was stolen, but nothing else appears to be gone. The money is worth about $500 in U.S. currency.

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