Dinnertime Bandit returns

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Greenwich, Connecticut, police say after nine years on the run, the alleged ``dinnertime bandit'' is back in the United States and facing dozens of criminal charges.

Alan W. Golder was extradited from Belgium on Wednesday and taken to Greenwich, where the 52-year-old was arrested on a warrant in connection with a string of residential burglaries in the 1990s.

The suspect in those cases was dubbed the "dinnertime bandit'' because the burglar would strike affluent homes in the early evening, sometimes while residents were home eating dinner.

Greenwich police obtained a warrant in 1998 charging Golder in 16 burglaries, alleging he made off with nearly 1 million dollars in stolen items from September 1996 to October 1997. He also was accused in seven attempted break-ins.

Segments on Golder were broadcast repeatedly on television's "America's Most Wanted'' and "Unsolved Mysteries'' after his
disappearance, generating reported sightings in the Georgia Dome in
Atlanta and in Saint Augustine, Florida.

Authorities have said Golder is also a suspect in 50 burglaries in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, totaling nearly 5 million dollars in stolen jewelry.

Authorities say Golder was arrested in Belgium on December 14th, 2006, and his identity was confirmed through fingerprints.

U.S. marshals and a Greenwich police officer accompanied Golder from Belgium to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday, then brought him to Connecticut.

He is charged with 15 counts of burglary, 15 counts of larceny, seven counts of attempted burglary and one count each of kidnapping and robbery, police said. He was being held Wednesday night on a $250,000 cash bond and was scheduled to appear today in Stamford
Superior Court.

Information was not immediately available on whether Golder had an attorney.

Darien also holds a warrant for Golder, according to Greenwich police, although information was not available late Wednesday on whether he had been arrested in that town.

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