Stanley Bradford, 21, of Chicago, claiming to be a magazine solicitor, was arrested July 18 on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, criminal attempt at fifth-degree larceny and soliciting without a permit, according to Darien police.
At 3:30 p.m., officers responded to a Hollow Tree Ridge Road home on a report of a burglary, according to police. The female victim told police that after working in the backyard, she went into her garage and found the interior door open, police said.
She said she found Bradford crouched in front of her car holding a bag of dishrags she keeps in the garage, police said.
Bradford told the victim that he was selling magazines, and she ordered him out of the garage and then called the police, according to the report. The victim told police that an Apple computer from an upstairs room had been disconnected and was now downstairs just inside the open garage door, police said.
While police were en route to the first victim's home, they received a report from a neighboring Hollow Tree Ridge Road home that an iPod had been stolen from the residence, and a black male matching Bradford's description was seen walking away from the area, police said.
Police said the iPod had been located on a table just inside the unlocked front door and the residents were inside but unaware that Bradford had entered the home, police said.
An officer on Hoyt Street located Bradford, who was out of breath and visibly shaking, according to police.
Various electronic devices and property from both residences were recovered from Bradford, police said.
Bradford told police he worked for Urban Development Solutions of Michigan City, Ind., and he is in the area selling magazine subscriptions door to door, police said.
He was held in lieu of $50,000 and was scheduled to appear in court July 21.
The Darien Police Detective Division is exploring possible connections to additional burglaries that have occurred in town and in neighboring communities.
Police ask that anyone with information to call the division at 203-662-5330.