One Apparently Unlocked Vehicle Stolen, Then Found; Other Unlocked Vehicles Entered

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One car was — briefly — missing and two other vehicles were entered in Darien on two different nights last weekend. As usual, all three vehicles apparently hadn’t been locked.

Darien police provided these details on each incident:

Stolen: Libby Lane, Overnight Friday to Saturday

A 2012 Ford Fusion was stolen from the driveway of 16 Libby Lane sometime overnight, the owner discovered shortly before 8:32 a.m., Saturday, when he called police.

The man said that when he parks the car at home, he typically leaves the keys hidden inside it but locks the car and uses a second key for access. He wasn’t sure if he had locked the car that night.

A bank card that was left in the vehicle was used at a gas station in Waterbury at some point, the man was told by his bank.

Police found no evidence at the scene and turned up nothing new after talking with neighbors.

But at about 1 p.m. on Saturday, the man’s son found the car parked around the block, about four tenths of a mile away (according to Google Maps) in front of 5 Holly Lane in Darien.

The car seemed to be in good condition, and the only thing missing, apparently, was the bank card. Police released the vehicle to the owner.

Entered: Edgerton St, Overnight Friday to Saturday

Six tenths of a mile away from the Libby Lane theft, the owner of a 2016 Audi Q3, parked outside 39 Edgerton St., found on Saturday morning that the car had been entered, apparently sometime the previous night. She’d left it unlocked.

The woman found the center console and glove box open or partially open, and papers were scattered on the front seats. It seems nothing is missing. Police received the call at 11:13 a.m.

Entered: Richmond Dr, Overnight Saturday to Sunday

The night after the incidents above, a 2012 Toyota Highlander, parked in the driveway at 30 Richmond Drive, was entered. (That location is nowhere near the other incidents.)

The owner reported the incident to police at 10:27 a.m. She said the SUV was probably unlocked, and police officers found no evidence that entry was forced.

It appears nothing was taken, and neighbors who were asked about the incident knew nothing about it.

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