Dwight Collins Charged With Theft

Published on September 28, 2011, 10:48 pm
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A Bronx man and a 17-year-old have been charged in connection with the August 14, 2011 larceny of about $10,000 worth of merchandise from the Apple store on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, CT.

During that larceny, five males burst into the store and stole seven MacBook laptops and an unspecified number of iPhones totaling $8,000 to $10,000 in value from a display table just before closing time, police said.

Dwight A. Collins, 18, of 853 E. 216th Street, Bronx, NY 10469, was arrested Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in New York and charged with third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, police said. A 17-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and faces the same charges. His name wasn’t released because he is a juvenile.

“We have three warrants, two of which have been executed,”
Detective Lt. Kraig Gray, Greenwich police spokesman, said of the case. Gray said the investigation is ongoing.

Both Collins and the juvenile were held on $50,000 bond.

Police said after the crime that investigators were going to review surveillance tapes from the store. Police have also obtained a description of the getaway vehicle used in the crime.

“They basically rushed into the store, grabbed as many electronic items as they could carry and, within less than a minute, made their way out of the store,” police Capt. Mark Marino said a day after the incident.

The August thefts came days after merchants and politicians, concerned over aesthetics in the high-end Greenwich Avenue retail area, complained about a plan to install a floor-to-ceiling security gate.

The August incident wasn’t the first for the Avenue retailer of Apple goods.

In December 2010, a team of hooded bandits smashed through the store’s front door in the early-morning hours, stealing thousands of dollars worth of highly prized electronics equipment.

Gray said the investigation into the December 2010 crime, which is also ongoing, is separate from the August 2011 Apple store larceny investigation.

Collins and the juvenile were scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford earlier today, September 28, 2011.


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