Greenwich Police Charge Suspect, Seek Identity of Second in Distraction-Type Larceny Downtown

On Tuesday Greenwich Police posted on their Facebook details of a “distraction type larceny” they are investigating.

Per the post, the incident occurred in central Greenwich Friday afternoon, Nov 25, when around 12:30 pm, the victim, employed locally, purchased electronics from a downtown business.

“The victim was followed back to his place of business, where Suspect 1 stopped and asked him for directions. While the victim was speaking with Suspect 1, a second person (Suspect 2) entered the victim’s vehicle and took the newly purchased electronics,” Police said. “When confronted by the victim, one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a handgun. The suspects fled the scene.”

Fortunately, Police say the victim was not harmed.

On November 28, the Greenwich Police were informed that the vehicle operated by these suspects was just involved in a robbery incident in New York and was currently traveling into Connecticut on I-95.

Greenwich Police Officers spotted the car and conducted a motor vehicle stop on I-95 near the town border with Stamford.

The driver was identified as Oscar Alejandro Arce-Runza, and he was also identified as Suspect 1 from the distraction larceny on Friday, November 25.

Mr. Arce-Runza was taken into custody for motor vehicle violations, and an arrest warrant is pending for Arca-Runza for his involvement in the distraction larceny.

Greenwich Police continue to seek the identify Suspect 2.

The only description is Suspect 2 was a tall white male, possibly Hispanic.

Anyone with information about this crime can contact the Greenwich Police Department via our Confidential lines – 203-622-3333 or [email protected], or to speak with a Detective, please call 203-622-8004.

The frequency of distraction larcenies increases during the holiday shopping period. The Greenwich Police Department is asking the public to be aware of their surroundings for this type of crime.

Please report any suspicious activities immediately to the Greenwich Police Department, 203-622-8004, or 911 for emergencies.