Four vehicles were stolen overnight, Saturday to Sunday, July 7 to 8, three of them in Noroton on or near the Post Road, and other vehicles had been found entered in the same area, police said.
One of the vehicles was later driven by a teenager without a driver’s license and was chased by Greenwich police before the car smashed into and severed a utility pole, which also caused extensive damage to the car, Greenwich police said. The driver and another teenager, 16, were charged by police, who did not report that any injuries resulted.
Darien police gave these accounts of what happened:
Four Stolen Vehicles
7 Fitch Ave., Wild Ride Results in Crash
A Stamford woman who was house sitting left her keys in her gray 2004 Volvo XC70 when she parked in the driveway at about 9 p.m. on Saturday. At about 8:30 the next morning, she found her car was gone. Neighbors were asked if they’d heard or seen anything, but none said they had.
Police later found out that the vehicle had been pursued at about 3:30 a.m., Sunday by Greenwich police, and it crashed in that town. Two juveniles were arrested.
Wild Ride Ends in Arrests
This information is from Greenwich police, as reported Monday in Greenwich Free Press. This account by police includes accusations not proven in court:
At about 3:20 a.m., Sunday, Greenwich Police spotted two stolen cars — the Volvo stolen from Darien and a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee — in the area of Sound Beach Ave and West End Ave. as each driver ran a red light.
A patrol unit with lights and sirens on followed the vehicles, but both sped away. The two vehicles, which were both stolen, then crashed into each other in the area of Drinkwater Place and Riverside School.
In the crash, both cars left the roadway off of Drinkwater Place. The Volvo struck a utility pole, severing it from its base. The car had disabling damage. The Jeep left the scene. Later it was found abandoned up the road.
The driver of the Volvo, a 17-year-old boy, didn’t have a driver’s license. He admitted to that he didn’t stop for police because the vehicle was stolen.
He was charged with second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, driving without a license, engaging police in pursuit, failure to obey a traffic control signal, failure to stay in the proper lane and criminal trover (a charge of using someone else’s property without permission).
He was released without bond to the custody of a family member and told to appear July 25 in court in Stamford.
The 16-year-old passenger was charged with second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny and criminal trover. He was also released without bond to a family member and told to appear in the same court on the same date.
When the victim returned home in Stamford, she found the garage door open. Her stolen car had a garage door opener in it. The victim thinks the suspects may have gone to her home and entered the garage. Stamford police were notified.
From Goodwives River Road (Not in Noroton)
The owner of a gray 2015 Chevrolet Corvette told police at 10:30 a.m., Sunday that the car she parked in the driveway of her home on Goodwives River Road, near its intersection with Old Kings Highway South, was stolen. The police announcement didn’t say whether or not the keys had been left in it.
The owner had an OnStar tracking device in the car, which showed it was parked in Bridgeport at 917 William St. A Bridgeport police officer confirmed it was there, and Darien police went to it to gather evidence from it. The car was parked behind an apartment complex.
A white 2014 Subaru Forester was stolen overnight from the driveway of a home on Coachlamp Lane, the owner told police on Sunday.
The owner thought the SUV had been locked and none of the keys were left inside, but it was later determined that a valet key had been stored in the glove box. The police announcement did not say that there was any indication that a window had been smashed to get into the vehicle.
18 Salt Box Lane
A silvere 2018 Toyota Highlander was stolen from the driveway of a home at 18 Salt Box Lane after it had been dropped off at about 10 p.m. Saturday by a car service. The victim, who notified police just before 8:30 a.m., believes the keys were left in it by the driver.
An iPad was in the vehicle at the time. It was later found in an SUV that had been entered on the Post Road. When asked, neighbors told police they hadn’t heard or seen anything. A police investigation is continuing.
Two Vehicles Entered
2183 Post Road
After a silver 2017 Lincoln Navigator was left unlocked in the driveway of a house at 2183 Post Road at about 10 p.m., Saturday, it was entered and the center console was rifled through.
At about 9:15, Sunday morning, the owner saw the passenger side door open and found that about $12 in loose change was taken.
An iPad that didn’t belong to the vehicle owner was found in the SUV. Police later determined it had been in the SUV stolen from Salt Box Lane that night. Police are continuing to investigate the matter.
A woman parked her gray 2016 Volkswagen Tuareg in her driveway at about 10:30 the night before, and found at about 11:30 a.m. that the SUV had been entered, the center console and glove box were opened and her garage door opener was missing.
The police announcement did not say that the car was unlocked but didn’t indicate that there were any signs of forced entry, like a broken window. Neighbors said they didn’t know anything about the theft.
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