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Police Chief: Recent Jewelry Store Burglaries Linked

A 2 a.m. Sunday break-in at David Harvey Jewelers in downtown Darien appears to have been perpetrated by a group "related" to the burglars in a November jewelry store burglary in Stamford, Police Chief Duane J. Lovello said.

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Update 9:58 a.m.:

The burglars who hit David Harvey Jewelers early Sunday morning are part of "what we think is a related group" of burglars who committed a similar burglary in Stamford last November, according to Darien Police Chief Duane J. Lovello.

On Nov. 22, burglars took about $200,000 in jewelry from Peter Suchy Jewelers at 1137 High Ridge Road. Similar to the Darien incident, burglars broke through a door (in the Stamford case by smashing the glass), then smashed glass display cases to get at the jewelry, according to a report in The Advocate of Stamford.

In both cases, the burglars were gone by the time police arrived.

Lovello also said that based on a continuing investigation, he was hopeful that a group of masked men who hit David Harvey Jewelers in on June 28 will be arrested for the crime.

Original article, Monday:

Three burglars smashed their way into David Harvey Jewelers, 995 Post Rd., at 2 a.m. Sunday to take an estimated $50,000 in jewelry, Darien police said.

The three pried open a rear door with a crowbar, then smashed through glass display cases to take jewelry on display. They brought with them gray plastic garbage cans to help haul away the loot.

By the time police arrived and set up a perimeter around the downtown jewelry store, the burglars had already left the scene, taking off in a dark colored van, according to security cameras.

Darien police said they were told $70,000 worth of damages were done to the cases.

Jeff Roseman, president of David Harvey Jewelers, said the store is still in the process of estimating exactly what jewelry was stolen. He said the $70,000 estimate of damages to the jewelry cases was wrong, however.

"The scope of damage is significantly less than earlier estimates," he said.

At least two of the burglars wore masks—one had on a skull mask—disguising them from store security cameras. One also wore a baseball cap, a white, hooded sweatshirt and green pants. Another masked burglar had on a gray, hooded sweatshirt and black pants. A third wore a sweatshirt with a black hood and dark colored pants.

The store on Monday was open for business as normal.

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