DNA Helps Darien Police Track Down Suspect In 2011 Jewelry Store Robbery

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Richard Garrison, 33, was charged in the 2011 robbery of David Harvey Jewelers in Darien.
Richard Garrison, 33, was charged in the 2011 robbery of David Harvey Jewelers in Darien. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

DARIEN, Conn. -- With help of DNA obtained from a glove, a Bronx man was arrested last week and charged in the 2011 burglary of David Harvey Jewelers in Darien, police said.

Richard Garrison, 33, was charged with second-degree robbery and first-degree larceny. He was held on $500,000 bond and appeared in court Aug. 22.

On the morning of June 28, 2011, three masked men entered David Harvey Jewelers on Post Road carrying sledgehammers and ordered the customers down to the ground, police said.

Then they smashed the display cases and made off with high-end watches worth over $422,000, according to police. Witnesses saw the three men get into a Toyota Carolla and enter I-95 heading south, police said. The car turned out to be stolen, according to police.

During their investigation Darien detectives viewed surveillance footage and saw that two men were wearing light-colored work gloves.

In July 2011, Darien police received word from the New York Police Department that the stolen car had been recovered in the Bronx, N,Y.

Darien police seized the car and were able to obtain several pieces of evidence, including two pairs of light-colored work gloves, a "Black Toy Watch" wristwatch, a David Harvey price tag, and several pieces of shattered glass that matched the display glass at David Harvey, according to police.

The gloves were sent to the Connecticut forensic lab for processing, and in March 2014 Darien police were notified that a DNA match had been generated through the National Offender DNA Database.

One of the pairs of gloves had DNA that matched Garrison's, who has a criminal history that includes robbery, assault and burglary, police said. Darien police applied for a warrant for his arrest, although his whereabouts at the time were unknown.

On Aug. 8, Darien police were notified by the NYPD that they had located Garrison and would keep him in custody until he could be extradited to Darien. He was turned over to Darien police on Aug. 21 and charged in the 2011 burglary.

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