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Police sharpen their knives for 'The Dinnertime Burglar'


Burglarized Carson, partied with Belushi

February 18, 1998
Web posted at: 11:16 p.m. EST (0416 GMT)

From Correspondent Peg Tyre

GREENWICH, Connecticut (CNN) -- Greenwich police are looking for a high-living jewel thief named Allan Golder who is persistent, brazen and discriminating. Police call him "The Dinnertime Burglar."

According to the police, between September of 1996 and October of 1997, there were 23 burglaries, or attempted burglaries, in this affluent suburb of New York City.

Allan Golder is at the top of their list of suspects. In fact, Golder is their list of suspects.

Like Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief," Golder is a classic cat burglar.

Police say he enters wealthy homes in communities like Greenwich while the family eats dinner and makes off with their finest jewelry. But in 1978, he killed a millionaire while robbing his mansion and served 15 years in prison.

In a proposal police say Golder sold to Paramount Pictures, he describes burglarizing the homes of Johnny Carson, Glen Campbell and relatives of Paul McCartney.

As for his personal lifestyle, says one Greenwich cop, "He's a good-looking guy who likes to travel with good-looking women."

He's also been known to party with the likes of John Belushi and singer Deborah Harry.

'Everyone's talking about it at dinner parties'

Police say Golder follows the money...and the people who carry it. He has plied his trade in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Hamptons in Long Island in the summer and Greenwich, Bel Air, California, and Palm Beach, Florida, in the winter.

Deborah Harry and John Belushi
Golder has been known to party with the likes of Deborah Harry and John Belushi  

He shops for his targets by reading magazines like Architectural Digest and Unique Homes.

And right now, the people of Greenwich are nervous.

"Everyone's talking about it at dinner parties," says one resident.

"It's on our mind," says another. "We've installed a security system."

The Greenwich police, who are more accustomed to traffic problems than crime waves, say they hope Golder will strike again and they hope media reports will help them bag the cat burglar.

"I don't see this guy working at McDonald's or selling groceries," says Det. Jim Hirsch of the Greenwich police department.

Hirsch says the police won't rest until 'The Dinnertime Burglar' trades in his cufflinks for handcuffs.

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