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Darien Police Arrest Two In String Of Car Burglaries

Darien police arrested a man and a juvenile Wednesday in connection with a string of car burglaries in town.
Darien police arrested a man and a juvenile Wednesday in connection with a string of car burglaries in town. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue, file

DARIEN, CONN. -- An 18-year-old Stamford man and a 17-year-old Stamford juvenile are facing several burglary charges after being chased down Wednesday by Darien police looking to solve a string of car burglaries in town, according to police.

Karon McCollum of Orchard Street, Stamford, and the 17-year-old are both charged with 10 counts of third-degree burglary, 10 counts of third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary, third-degree larceny, third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, and interfering with police officers, police said. The juvenile was also charged with marijuana possession, police said.

Darien police said officers responded to a 5:30 a.m. call on Wednesday, May 4 from a resident on Intervale Road who saw two people burglarize her neighbor's car. Officers quickly found the juvenile, who then gave false information to police looking for the second suspect, police said.

Later, another officer found a man matching the description of the second suspect in a wooded area at nearby Woodland Park, police said. A struggle ensued as they attempted to bring the suspect, later identified as McCollum, into custody, according to police. Ultimately, officers had to use a Taser to make the arrest, police said.

After making the arrests, police found items that had been reported taken from unlocked cars, such as wallets, cellphones, checkbooks, chargers, sunglasses, a watch and loose change, police said.

The juvenile was released to a family member and issued a summons to appear in court to answer the charges, police said. McCollum is being held on $115,000 bond, police said, most of which is for the Darien charges but also for a failure to appear warrant from unrelated charges in Stamford, police said.

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