Police: One arrest made in 'distraction' larceny in Greenwich in which a handgun was displayed

Police arrested a suspect in a recent larceny case in central Greenwich.

Police arrested a suspect in a recent larceny case in central Greenwich.

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GREENWICH — Officers apprehended a suspect wanted in connection with a larceny in central Greenwich in which a handgun was displayed, police said, and second suspect is sought.

The two suspects pulled a "distraction-type" larceny on a shopper in the early afternoon on Friday, police said.

Oscar Arce-Runza, 31, address unavailable, followed a shopper to his vehicle and asked for directions, police said. It was a ruse that allowed another suspect to enter the victim's car and steal the recently purchased electronic goods, according a police statement.

"When confronted by the victim, one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a handgun. The suspects fled the scene," police statement said.

"The victim was not harmed," police said. 

On Monday, Greenwich police said they were alerted by authorities in New York state that a robbery had taken place there and the suspected robbers were headed toward Greenwich on Interstate 95.

The car was stopped on I-95 near the Stamford border, police said, and Arce-Runza was detained.

He was charged with a number of motor-vehicle violations — driving without a valid license, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without insurance — and held on $100,000 bail.

Additional charges in connection with the larceny would be filed soon, police said. Arce-Runza was held in state custody as of Wednesday, unable to post bail, according to the state Superior Court website.

The second suspect was still at large, police said. 

Larcenies in shopping districts can be a seasonal phenomenon, and the public should be on guard during the holidays, police warned. 

"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," the police statement said.

Police asked residents to report any suspicious activities immediately to the Greenwich Police Department at 203-622-8004 or at 911 for emergencies.

Anyone with information about the larceny on Friday afternoon in central Greenwich is asked to contact police at 203-622-3333. or TIPS@greenwichct.org. To speak with a detective, call 203-622-8004.