Fairfield Man Charged with Darien Car Burglary

A 19-year-old Fairfield man was caught Thursday with property stolen from a car in a downtown parking lot, Darien police said.

A stolen GPS device was found Thursday on a 19-year-old Fairfield man, who was charged with burglarizing it from a car parked in the Center Street parking lot.

At a police briefing Monday, Detective Mark Cappelli gave this account of the incident:

A police officer saw Christopher Guthman of Geneva Terrace, Fairfield, walking along the yellow double lines of Noroton Avenue, from the Shell gas station toward the Noroton Heights railroad station just before midnight Thursday.

Partly because Guthman seemed to fit the description of a suspect in a robbery which occurred weeks earlier in Darien, the officer spoke with Guthman.

When the officer spoke with him, the Fairfield teenager said he was lost and needed a ride to Norwalk. He said he had arrived in Darien by train. The officer noticed a charger cord hanging from Guthman's jacket pocket, which looked bulky.

When the officer asked Guthman about the cord, the teenager looked like he was getting ready to run, so the officer had him lie on the ground.

The GPS device in Guthman's pocket was soon traced to a Darien resident who said she had been at the Darien Social restaurant that evening. A check of her car found her GPS device, normally in the pocket of a car door, was missing. The device was valued at $300.

The vehicle had no signs of forced entry.

Guthman was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and possession of burglar's tools (a Leatherman multi-tool device and an LED headlamp in his pockets). He was held on $1,000 cash bond and given a court date of Feb. 21.

Owsley February 13, 2012 at 08:21 PM
well done ! where the haters now ?
sebastian dangerfield February 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Yep Amazing the cops pulled over someone walking in the middle of the road wearing a ski mask and suspected something!!. Nice job. owsley-- if you order a hamburger at mcdonalds and it never comes--and the manager says "hey, why dont you make your own hamburger"--maybe you are ok with it. People can complain. Everyone knows that the darien cops are not totally inept. but, when you are buidling a 18 mio dollar building to accomodate them-- I guess more success is hoped for. and the guys online who say neighbors are 'too scared' to handle issues and ask police to do it--- I mean--come on. YOu find that to be acceptable?
max February 14, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Oh, no, Luca sounds correct. 3am walking down the middle of a main road, cops probably almost hit him. I wish more of the criminals in Darien would walk down the middle of the road in a ski mask. Maybe the Darien Police would then be able to solve a few more crimes.
Siwanoy April 06, 2012 at 03:12 PM
where does it say he was wearing a ski mask walking in the middle of the road?


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