Man Spotted Entering Cars in Pemberwick Brandished Knife at Witness

Kurt Antony Vanzuuk Photo courtesy of Greenwich Police Dept Aug 28, 2017

Kurt Antony Vanzuuk, 35, of 597 Pacific Street was arrested on Aug 25 by Greenwich Police after a witness reported a suspect entering vehicles in the area of Almira Drive in Pemberwick around 5:00am.

The witness reported that the suspect had brandished a folding pocket knife when confronted.

While searching the immediate area, a man matching the description of the reporting party was located walking west on Almira.

According to Greenwich Police, Vanzuuk was was evasive about his presence in the area and his story was inconsistent.

By law, a person with drugs must have them in the original prescription container with their name and prescription on it.

According to GPD, a residence was entered with forced entry on Chapel Street in the overnight hours for which Vanzuuk is a suspect.

According to Lt David Nemecek, the reporting party observed the suspect burglarizing cars on the side of his house. The witness chased the suspect until the suspect brandished a knife. Nemecek said this worked out great, but it might not have. “I don’t want people being vigilantes,” Nemecek said. “Maybe instead use a cell phone to take a picture.”

“His arrest will help police in other jurisdictions,” Nemecek said, adding that there were computers, backpacks and miscellaneous property in the stolen car that may or may not have belonged to Vanzuuk. “Property seized during this investigation will be shared with other jurisdictions to possibly aid in clearing calls in their jurisdictions.”

The car, a Nissan, was determined to have been stolen out of Darien.

Further investigation revealed that Mr. Vanzuuk had come to Greenwich in the stolen car and entered several vehicles, as well as an occupied residence.  The proceeds were recovered on his person and within the vehicle.

The suspect, Mr. Vanzuuk, was arrested and brought to Greenwich Police headquarters. He faces  faces multiple charges as follows:

Robbery 2, Illegal Storage of Narcotics, Burglary 3, Larceny 3, Larceny 6, Criminal Attempt at Larceny 6, Criminal Mischief 3, Burglary 2.

He is being held on a $200,000 bond. He has a date in Stamford superior Court on Sept 8, 2017.

According to the CT Judicial Branch website  Mr. Vanzuuk  pleaded guilty to a Possession of Narcotics in 2008 (felony) from Stamford Police, and pleaded guilty to probation violations by Stamford Police in 2009 and 2010. In 2016 he was found guilty of Inciting Injury to Persons or Property, a Class C felony.

In Norwalk, he was found guilty in 2009 for a 2007 charge of Harassment 1, and found guilty in 2010 for Violation of Probation.

He was found guilty in Norwalk Court for a Class C misdemeanor for Disorderly Conduct charge from Norwalk Police in January 2017 incident. He was found guilty for Criminal Contempt of Court, a class B misdemeanor, for a Jan 2017 incident in Norwalk. He was found guilty in 2008 for a 2007 charge of criminal Trespass 1 in Norwalk.  He was found guilty of Larceny 3 in July 2010 for a Feb 2010 charge of Larceny 3.