Ten unlocked vehicles were entered by thieves overnight Friday to Saturday in two areas of town, and two vehicles were stolen in each area: One area is south of St. John’s Cemetery; the other is on streets off of West Avenue near downtown Noroton Heights.
The vehicles were all parked on side streets, not main roads leading to those streets, although some of the streets intersected only with main roads.
In one case, police said, a victim’s surveillance camera, which monitored an entrance to the house near the doorbell, had captured some images:
It showed a light-colored sedan pass the house at 11 Lynn Ct. several times. Two males in dark, hooded sweatshirts left the car at one point and got in the victim’s car. They then back it out of the driveway and both cars leave the view of the camera. Police did not say what time the surveillance video indicated.
All the vehicles were either unlocked or, in the case of a car stolen from Patton Drive, the owner wasn’t sure whether or not it was locked. He wasn’t sure if the keys had been left in it, but they were missing, too.
- In other words, it’s likely none of this would have happened if vehicles had just been locked.
Here’s a list of the locations of the entered vehicles:
OFF OF OR NEAR HOYT STREET:
—11 Lynn Court — VEHICLE THEFT — this is where the video surveillance camera showed the black 2014 Lexus RX350 being stolen. The incident was reported to police at 8:34 a.m.
—9 Lynn Court — 2011 GMC Acadia — discovered at 9 a.m. during police canvass of the area — glove box opened, contents strewn about, nothing missing
—10 Echo Dr. — 2017 Honda Pilot — discovered at 9:12 a.m. during the police canvass related to the Lynn Court vehicle theft — the glove box was open and its contents removed — about $5 in coins were removed.
—7 Alpine Lane — Ford Explorer — driver’s door found ajar at 9:53 a.m. during the police canvass — a tote bag and wallet are missing, along with various credit cards in the wallet.
—34 Lynn Ct. — Jeep Wrangler and Lexus GX in driveway — It was discovered by a resident at 10:37 a.m., during police canvass, that glove boxes opened and contents strewn about, but nothing missing.
OFF OF OR NEAR WEST AVENUE:
—4 Patton Dr. — VEHICLE THEFT — at 5:06 a.m., a blue BMW 328D was reported stolen from the driveway. The victim’s wife was awake at 4:55 a.m. and discovered it wasn’t there. This was the incident in which the victim didn’t recall if the keys had been left in the car or whether it had been unlocked. A police canvass of the neighborhood didn’t show that any other vehicle had been entered.
—40 Hilton St., three blocks east of the Patton Drive car theft —1994 Audi A4 —at 6:30 a.m., the victim discovered the car driver’s side door ajar — glove box’s contents strewn about — about $3 in coins missing. The victim went to Police Headquarters at 12:48 p.m. to report the incident.
—7 Brown St. — several blocks west of the Patton Drive car theft — At 3:30 p.m., a Post Office employee saw a black book bag on the roadway at the intersection of West Avenue and Brown Street. Police looked inside and determined that the owner lives at 7 Brown St. The owner told police she had discovered at 11:30 a.m. that the center console of her 2015 Toyota 4Runner had been opened and the contents were strewn about. She hadn’t realized that the bag was missing, she said, so she hadn’t reported the incident to police. She didn’t think anything else was missing.
NOT NEAR ANY OF THE OTHERS:
This burglary was near none of the others and was the only one on a main road instead of a side street:
—719 Post Road — 2009 Chevy Cobalt — at 9:30 a.m., center console contents found strewn about. Nothing missing.