DARIEN, Conn. -- A Darien teen was charged with breaking into a house while the residents were out of town, according to police.
The 16-year-old male was arrested on May 21 and charged with first-degree burglary and third-degree larceny.
A family member of the teen brought several items to the Police Department on April 28 that he believed to be stolen. The items included a gold bracelet, four $25 gift cards and a business card with the identity of the victim.
Police contacted the victim, a resident of Holmes Avenue in Darien, who said her family had been away in April and returned home to find several items missing. The missing items included the bracelet and gift cards, four sets of cufflinks, a wallet, coins, earrings, two necklaces, a watch, personal papers and $2,230 in cash.
Police spoke to the 16-year-old, who confessed to breaking into the house on April 19, police said. He said he had heard from a friend that the family would be away and entered the house through an unlocked door, according to police reports.
He said he had given away most of the jewelry and the cash, except for the items that were turned in. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody.