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UPDATE: Girl, 10, Foils Break-in by 6-ft-Tall Burglar

One of two men made it into a house on Scout Trail before a 10-year-old foiled an apparent burglary attempt by waking up her napping father.

Updated (at bottom) at 12:23 p.m.:

What does it take to foil a daytime break-in involving one or maybe two 6-foot-tall burglars?

On Friday, it took one 10-year-old girl waking her napping father.

Here's how Darien police say it happened:

At about 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, the girl was watching TV in the family room of her home on Scout Trail when she noticed a blue sedan with tinted windows drive past her house. It then come back and parked in the driveway. The car may have had a loud exhaust.

Two white men, each about 6 feet in height, got out of the vehicle. Here's the description given them in a Darien police news release:

"The first subject is described as being thin with Mohawk style hair, and approximately 6 feet tall. He was wearing a white short sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans. The second subject is also described as being approximately 6 feet tall with a heavy build. He has short dark hair and was wearing a T-shirt and jeans."

The men came up to the front door and started knocking on it and ringing the bell.

The 10-year-old girl decided not to answer the door.

Instead, she went to her father, who was napping in a bedroom in the rear of the home.

When he awoke, the man heard banging noises—from the rear of the house. Then he saw one of the men in the hallway just outside the bedroom.

The father called out to the man, who responded by turning around and leaving the house. The father immediately called police.

Police said the rear door looked like it was kicked in, but only one of the two men apparently entered the home. Police did not say whether it was the 6-foot-tall man with the mohawk or the 6-foot-tall man with the heavy build.

Nothing appears to have been removed from the house during the break-in.

Anyone with information on this distinctive pair is encouraged to call police at (203) 662-5330.

Update 12:23 p.m.: Police say they had no indication the two men heard the television the girl was watching. Police also said they were uncertain about which of the men entered the home.

Peter October 16, 2012 at 02:32 PM
A Town Hall meeting would be a great idea. Some preliminary thoughts: (1) crime prevention begins at home: keep all external house and car doors locked at all times, (2) know your neighbors: if there is a unusal activity on your block, call the police, they are very good at responding to suspicious activity, (3) Town to install stationary Camera/License Plate Reader (LPR's) at key intersections and/or town entry points, (4) install cameras at the train stations, expecially in the bicycle lockup area, (5) remove all accessible ladders from your property or lock them up.
Cath October 16, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I find it disturbing that we had string of burglaries, then caught the 'kids' who did it, then another string in which they caught that white queens man near the old kings highway burglaries, and now it's some entirely different set of perps. And they went to great lengths to get in the house (not even like it was an unlocked door). Homeowners should really remember their constitutional right to own firearms.
CTgal111 October 16, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Can someone from the DPD please comment? Are you planning on increasing patrolling? Can you install the cameras as Peter suggested? What does it take--we are losing any sense of security we ever had and it is frightening.
donkeybuster October 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM
The activity is increasing because the economy is doing so poorly and more and more folks are feeling desperate and out of options. If you want to take responsibility and be part of the solution, vote for change in November. The idea of a sit in is silly. As Thoreau wrote, "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." The police in Darien do an excellent job, and I would not be surprised if you were to take the opposite side should you have an encounter by, say, getting pulled over. Then you'd probably complain about "the gestapo-like tactics" of the Darien police.
max October 22, 2012 at 01:02 AM
see, this is the thing that makes me mad. I freaking hate it when young punks come into my yard and try to steal my stuff. I've caught them a few times but i've given up being paranoid about the whole thing. So i set up a wireless camera outside and now anytime those kids try to come in my yard, i just give the police the camera's recorded video. its absolutely perfect. i got mine a few months ago over at http://www.wirelessipsecuritycam.com and its probably been one of the best purchaces i've made in recent months.

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