Both a Car and an SUV Stolen on Same Night in Different Parts of Town

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Overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, April 28 to 29, an Audi A4 was stolen from outside a home on Holly Lane, the same night a Toyota Highlander was stolen from Fairfield Avenue.

Both vehicles were later found in Bridgeport.

Police received one report of a third vehicle someone apparently had tried to enter the next night, late on Wednesday, April 29. That car was locked, but the alarm went off.

Three days after the car thefts, on Friday, May 1, a fourth vehicle was was reported as having been entered.

The owner of the Highlander said he had misplaced his keys. There was no sign of the vehicle had been broken into. The Audi owner said the keys were left inside the car, which was unlocked.

Here’s what else police said about the incidents:

40 Holly Lane

Sometime between 7  and 9 p.m., Wednesday, the unlocked 2017 Audi A4 was stolen from the driveway of a house at 40 Holly Lane, the owner told police.

At 9 p.m., the man got a fraud alert on the bank card and saw that several fraudulent purchases had been made at gas stations in Bridgeport. A family member had left the owner’s credit card in the car.

When the owner went outside to get the card from the vehicle, he discovered that the Audi was gone.

Also in the car were a set of golf clubs valued at $500.

On May 1, Bridgeport police told police in Darien that the Audi was found on Ellsworth Street in that city. Police there arranged to get it towed.

Fairfield Avenue, Same Night

Police were also called about the theft of a 2019 Toyota Highlander stolen from the driveway of a house on Fairfield Avenue. The victim told police he had one set of keys but couldn’t find the other set. Police who went to the scene saw no signs of forced entry, usually an indication the vehicle was unlocked.

Police spoke to neighbors and one had a video recording from a security camera showing the Highlander backing out of the driveway and going down Fairfield Avenue at 5:07 a.m.

On Saturday, May 2, Bridgeport police contacted police in Darien to report they had found the stolen SUV on Yale Street in that city. Darien police detectives went to Bridgeport and examined the Highlander for evidence.

Rabbit Lane, Next Night

At 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, the owner of a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle heard the alarm sound on the car, which was parked outside the man’s home on Rabbit Lane (off of Overbrook Lane).

He checked the vehicle, which was locked, and found it was still secure, with nothing taken.

Fairfield Avenue, Discovered on May 1

At about 4 p.m. on Friday, May 1, a woman who lives on Fairfield Avenue went to her vehicle, which the police announcement didn’t describe, and noticed various things she had in the car were disturbed. It didn’t look to her like anything was taken.

But as she looked through the car, she found a cell phone that wasn’t hers. She reported the incident to police at 5:17. Police took the phone as evidence.

Editor’s note: reports addresses where unlocked vehicles have been entered or stolen. In doing that, we see no additional risk to any victim and a benefit to neighbors, who will know exactly where thieves are being encouraged in their neighborhood.

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