Sandwiched between the wealthy towns of Greenwich and Darien, Stamford, Connecticut has its own posh neighborhoods, and is routinely listed as one of the safest cities in America, according to FBI statistics. But even though Stamford styles itself as “The City That Works,” there is still some crime – as this recent news article shows.
A man and woman said they were terrified Monday morning when they awoke to find a burglar standing in the bedroom of their Fifth Street home. The couple, who asked not to be identified, told The Advocate the woman chased the burglar out of the house while her husband grabbed his keys in preparation for a car chase. The couple’s two young daughters were asleep at the time.
How the Burglar Gained Entry
Larry Bowman, 33, had broken into several cars in the area and used a garage door opener to enter the house, police said; he was arrested a short time later when a police bloodhound tracked him to nearby Morgan Street. Bowman is charged with first-degree burglary, and two counts each of third-degree burglary and risk of injury to a minor.
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More Details on the Crime
Stamford Police Capt. Brian McElligott said before Bowman arrived at the Fifth Street home near Vincent Court he burglarized at least two other cars on Hackett Circle and Fifth Street. The man said he woke up at 5 a.m. to find the burglar in his bedroom. “I woke up and I saw the guy,” the man said. “I started yelling, `gun, gun.’ I wanted to make him believe I had a gun. I yelled, “I’m going to shoot you.’ “
Confronting a Burglar is Always Unwise
The homeowner said his wife chased the man into the driveway while he grabbed the car keys. The woman said the intruder ran west on Fifth Street. When the husband got outside, he made a quick drive around the block to see if he could find the burglar. Because he didn’t have a phone with him, he returned home to call police. A short time later, police found Bowman on Morgan Avenue.
Police will tell you that this was unwise behavior, for both the wife and the husband. Confronting a burglar often ends badly.
Picking up the Pieces
McElligott said the man had a number of items in his pockets that police are working to return to their rightful owners. Bowman stole two watches and some jewelry in the bedroom before the couple woke up, the homeowner said. “Imagine somebody in your bedroom,” said the man, who has lived in the house for 15 years. “It is the most terrifying. I have two small daughters. You want to grab the guy.”
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