On Wednesday, Greenwich Police announced that a retired officer employed by a private community in Greenwich contacted the Greenwich Police Department at 1:00am to report that an unauthorized vehicle had entered the private gated community and that occupants from the vehicle were observed entering driveways.
Officers responded to the area and located a 2014 Dodge Challenger occupied by two adults and three juveniles, parked upon the private property.
An investigation determined that the subjects had traveled to Greenwich from New Jersey with the intent to steel valuables from unlocked cars.
During the investigation the vehicle was searched and two handguns with high capacity magazines and ammunition were found, along with narcotics and marijuana. The guns were determined to have been stolen and the serial numbers were scratched off.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Isiah J. Clinton, 23, of Newark NJ. He was charged with Criminal Attempt Burglary 3, Conspiracy To Commit Burglary 3, Larceny 5, Criminal Trespass 3, Illegal Possession of a Weapoin in a Motor Vehicle, Illegal Alteration of Firearm Serial Number, Illegal Possession of a High capacity Magazine, Stealing Firearm, Risk of Injury ot a Child, Illegal Possession of Narcotics, and Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell. His bond was set at $150,000.
The second adult was identified as Altariq Williams, 40, also of Newark NJ. They were charged as listed below.
Mr. Williams was charged with Criminal Attempt Burglary 3, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 3, Criminal Trespass 3, Illegal Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana and Risk of Injury to a Child. His bond was set at $75,000.
The three juveniles, two fifteen-year-olds and a sixteen-year-old from New Jersey were referred to Stamford Superior Court Juvenile Matters division to answer charges listed below.
Juvenile 1 was charged with Criminal Attempt at Burglary 3, Simple Trespass.
Juvenile 2 was charged with Criminal Attempt at Burglary 3, Simple Trespass.
Juvenile 3 was charged with Criminal Attempt Burglary 3, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 3, and Simple Trespass.
The Greenwich Police Department has seen an increase over the past year of subjects coming into Greenwich during the midnight hours looking to steal unlocked vehicles and to commit theft from unlocked vehicles. On an almost daily occurrence, the midnight officers disrupt this criminal activity.
The officers on duty have been successful in arresting some of the criminal actors. On other occasions the thieves leave the Town of Greenwich after the officers interrupt their activity. The officer’s duty is made more difficult when residents do not properly secure their property.
The Greenwich Police Department continues to remind residents to remove the keys from their vehicle, remove any valuables, and to lock the vehicle doors. This will make the thefts more difficult, which in turn will slow the influx of these criminals from our community.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to 203-622-8004 (24hrs) and all emergencies via 911.