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Buttoned-Down Bandit Loots Landscaper on Long Neck Pt. Rd.

On one of Darien's most well-kept streets, someone has the unmitigated gall to rush off with a leaf blower belonging to one of the landscapers who keep it kept.

One would think that in the peninsula of Long Neck Point, a landscaper wouldn't have to worry about someone grabbing his equipment and running off with it.

Certainly not some thief in a button-down shirt.

Well, one would be wrong.

A $600 backpack leaf-blower was stolen from a landscaping company while a crew was working at a Long Neck Point Road home, police said.

gave this account of the incident:

At about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, a worker for Freddy's Landscape Company told police he had seen a man running across the lawn of the home where the landscaper was working.

The man was clutching the landscaper's red Shindaiwa leaf blower as he ran. Then the man entered a Nissan Altima parked on the street. Next, the vehicle sped away, northbound.

The witness described the thief as a white male, about 30 years old, wearing a white, short-sleeve, button-down shirt and jeans. The man had blond hair and was about 6 feet in height. The witness's only description of the man who drove the Altima was that the driver was white.

The owner valued the leaf blower at $600.

Cath September 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
This story has nothing but racist undertones. White people can't steal? Is it supposed to imply that someone nicely dressed would not possibly steal? Oh my GOD, they have blond hair? I thought only dark haired BLEEPS stole (note the sarcasm) Plenty of us well dressed upstanding citizens around here are also living pay check to pay check, trying to make ends meet in this tough economy. Why is it that dressing nicely while stealing gets attention. All kinds of people steal. i.e. My old boss stole from me and for all intents and purposes, did not appear poor, or low class-nor did she have a criminal record.
SteveG September 15, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Probably couldn't stand the noise they make. Thought of doing the same at times!
Glasshouse September 17, 2012 at 01:27 PM
hahahaha

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