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David Harvey Jewelers Robbed by Sledgehammer-Armed Men [Update]

The suspects were last seen driving down I-95, police said.

Update, 2:02 p.m.: 

According to Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm, three robbers entered David Harvey Jewelers around 11:08 a.m. wearing masks and brandishing small sledgehammers.

The trio ordered store employees and customers to get on the ground, Komm said in a statement, before smashing open several cases to grab pieces of jewelry and watches.

The suspects then fled the scene in a grey 1989 Toyota Camry driven by a fourth individual, Komm said. 

The sedan, registered to a Brooklyn resident, drove west on Post Road and entered I-95 south. It is unknown if the vehicle was stolen.

No weapons were displayed during the incident, Komm said, and the value of the items taken is unknown. The three suspects who entered the store were described by witnesses as black males.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the department's Detective Division at 203-662-5330.

Update, 12:18 p.m.:

David Harvey Jewelers is closed for the rest of the day, according to a sign hung on the door.

Tarps covered the store's windows Tuesday afternoon, obscuring the inside from view.

A similar robbery affected Betteridge Jewelers in Greenwich last November, when two masked men broke into the store and stole several high-end watches.

Original article:

are searching for multiple suspects after a robbery at David Harvey Jewelers (995 Post Rd.) Tuesday morning.

According to police transmissions, four men armed with sledgehammers entered the store shortly after 11 a.m., smashed open glass cases with the tools, and made away with multiple pieces of jewelry.

The suspects reportedly left the scene in a silver 1989 Toyota Camry, New York plate AXT9389. The vehicle was last seen driving down I-95 south, police said.

Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

max June 28, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Must be pretty embarassing that with our police budget, that new building being built and all every modern technical gadget ever invented that a "1989 Toyota Camry" can elude them. Amazing.
bett June 30, 2011 at 04:17 PM
wow, you are clueless Max....maybe if you were there, you could have seen something or done something usefull rather than making comments when you clearly know nothing...so when were you arrested because you apparently don't like police, don't understand what they do, don't understand that it takes approx 1 minute to drive to i95 from that store.....and many other things....do you even know how many police patrol the whole town of Darien at one time? Oh you don't, I didn't think so.. and what does a new building have to do with catching a criminal? Oh nothing you just want to talk about things you know nothing about.....
Siwanoy June 30, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Bett, while it might take 1 minute to drive to I-95 from the store, it most certainly took longer then 1 minute from entering a store masked, and getting on the highway. Not to mention a cruiser could have gotten on at either entry on ledge road to intercept the car. What does a new building have to do with catching a criminal? Ask the DPD, since they've wanted a new building for quite some time because they need more space to operate effectively, so a new building, would lead to a better police force. A writer who poses questions and then answers them themselves comes off as a very amateur, I'm sorry.
sebastian dangerfield June 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Bett If having a new police station wont help solve crime, then i suggest we dont build it. And Bett, if we cant catch robbers with all the high tech stuff that we have, then why have it? I mean, reduce the budget by 60% --and then we will have the same excuses that it takes one minute to get on the highway. Max isnt paid to be there. He isnt paid to police the area, and keep residents safe. If you are suggesting that Max be the police, then please suggest which policeman to get rid of so that Max can take his place, bett. Do you know which one you are gonna sack? No. Didnt think so. whatever dude. make some sense instead of just supporting the police. When they "rescue people from '4 feet ' of water we give them a heroic salute. And when they miss a crime, we should say 'too bad." Excellent. Is there any scenario where these guys could be wrong? probably not in mind. How many police darien at one time? Im guessing at 11am 23 are on duty. whats the real number? (and bett--one thing I do know is that when you say how many are on duty at one time, you may not know either, because there are different numbers for different days of the week and hours of the day.)
scott bognar July 01, 2011 at 02:07 AM
it was an unfortunate incident and thank goodness all employees/people involved are safe. However, we have a police force of 1 officer for every 350 people in town, including children. Yet, at 10 am, 3 african americans walk into the store and rob the place. is crime going down with our police force or are we just wasting money?
bett July 01, 2011 at 11:45 AM
And how long were they in the store? Lets not judge unless we have all the facts....and we do not, only the police and the store employees do.
sebastian dangerfield July 01, 2011 at 12:42 PM
bett haha---what is it? a secret that the police are withholding ? (eerie music) no one will ever know except the police and the store employees (and you forgot robbers and customers) . Here's the thing--if we can praise police for 'saving a woman from water under the bridge in a rain storm' , then we can also make judgements when they fail. That's the sad reality bett. Sometimes police fail. If the only time we are allowed to judge job performance, is when they capture the criminal...then that would be a bit silly.
bett July 02, 2011 at 12:41 AM
I stumbled upon this article and will leave this comment and not return. It's too depressing to me..... I do not relate to people who first blame the police rather than the criminals....that just blows my mind completely.....not just one, but three people ....its sad that this police dept(and I hope its not widespread in the area) do not have community support.....because everybody knows that the police cannot be successful without community support...and it is clear that these police have none....and if any of you in your right mind think that the police do not want to catch criminals then you have serious issues that my comments cannot help....I first commented becasue I thought that it was just one ignorant person.....but apparently it is common to many in your area......so sad....and "eerie" Luca...to me .....
sebastian dangerfield July 02, 2011 at 04:16 AM
Well "bett' we sure will miss you. I of course can only conclude on your level of intelligence...no one here as you say "blame police rahter than criminals." You just cant read. What people do with police, as with any other job , bett, is that if the employees demand all the top notch equiptment, and high levels of pay, they want to feel like the money is being well spent. In general, in Darien, they do a great job..but that doesnt mean that no one can notice when they miss. You clever conclusion that "it is clear these police have no support" is also befiting of a smart person. 3 people who are not happy with taxes associated with the police demands, means 'they have none." Im glad you wont be back, bett....as you have provided zero facts...you dont live here and dont know the situation, you have never served on a police force as my brother does, and you add nothing, other than to say that if the criminals are not caught -then it has nothing to do with the police. Awesome man.
Ksmithee July 03, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Before throwing police under bus need to ask how quickly was the alarm triggered? I was a bank employee back in the '90's when armed guy wearing a mask came in & ordered all inside on floor while he went thru the drawers. we were very careful before we lifted our heads coz didn't know when or if in fact robber had left building. No one ever wants a hostage situation so robbers could have been long gone before police were even notified.
Deborah Shannon July 03, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Where was our plocice department at that time of the robbery. Chasing the kids in town versus running after robbers. Did they ever find the robber that stuck up the women behind 1020. Spend your time protecting our citizens.
max July 16, 2011 at 12:16 PM
You are correct, I am not a policeman, but I know that a new ploice car ought to be able to catch a 1989 toyota, and that a radio Stamford for an intercept should have done the trick If not also notify NYSPolice to catch them at the boarder. My points are 1. For all of the training, top of the line equipment and all of the the oth "no questions asked" expenses that our force enjoys, they seem to be unable to solve any crimes. 2. The $20MM police station is a waste of money that will produce a happier but less productive group of employees. 3. Police should be "in the field" most of their shift. Their presence deters some crime, their response time is shortened, and they are more aware of what is going on in the community theta they are paid to serve, I mean sworn to serve. They receive every item they want form new cars to licence plate readers, laptops and cell phones. Get out of the office into the community.
max July 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM
I think they were picking out paint colors for their new individual private offices being built.
max July 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Police were given an accurate description of the car, including license plate. If the police ran out and got into their car at the same time they probably would have enter 95south on ledge Rd at the same time as the 1989 toyoda, or if police were alreedy in their car patrolling the post road, they may have even had an advantage.
max July 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Is there a copy of the police report available under FOI? Maybe Patch (yes you John) could do a follow up on this.
max July 16, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Another ball dropped, like the armed gunman at 1020 Post, and no further mention of the incident. We Darienites certainly pay a lot for 53 ticket writers.
sebastian dangerfield July 16, 2011 at 03:27 PM
To be fair, they linked this with a Greenwich robbery as well, so these guys just may be that clever. But, I think we have more than 53--and you are disrespecting them----they put their lives on the line, as they go after underage drinking parties.

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