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Alleged jewel thief held on $500K bond

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Richard Garrison, of New York, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, on charges of one count of robbery in the second degree and one count of larceny in the first degree in connection with a 2011 robbery at David Harvey Jewelers, 995 Post Road, Darien.

A New York City man is facing multiple charges in connection with a 2011 robbery of David Harvey Jewelers, 995 Post Road, Darien.

Richard Garrison, 33, of 17-19 West 107th St. Manhattan, N.Y., was arrested Aug. 21 on charges of one count each of second-degree robbery and first-degree larceny, according to police.

At 11 a.m. June 28, 2011, three masked men entered the jewelry store and smashed several display cases with sledgehammers, according to police. They stole numerous high-end watches, with a total value of more than $422,000, police said.

Within two minutes, they left the store and fled toward New York in a stolen Toyota Corolla, according to police. New York City police located the car in the Bronx on July 9 and Darien detectives brought it back to Darien.

While processing the vehicle, detectives located two pairs of work gloves that were similar to those the thieves wore during the robbery, police said. Police also located a "Black Toy Watch" wristwatch, a separate watch price tag that was unique to David Harvey Jewelers and shattered glass that matched that at the jewelry store, according the report.

Both pairs of gloves were sent to the State of Connecticut forensic lab for testing and analysis. On March 3, Darien police learned that DNA found in the gloves matched Garrison via the National Offender DNA Database, police said.

Police said Garrison has an extensive criminal history including robbery, assault and burglary. An arrest warrant was secured for Garrison, police said, but at that time his whereabouts were unknown.

On Aug. 8, the New York City police told Darien police that they located Garrison and would keep him in custody until Darien was able to extradite him, police said. Garrison was turned over to Darien police on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Garrison is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 22.

Police provided no additional information regarding the two other men involved in the burglary.

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