Of course they were all unlocked. Every last one of them. Overnight from Sunday to Monday, March 11 to 12, two vehicles were stolen from streets off of Middlesex Road near Stamford and four vehicles in other parts of town were entered. This article also has information on two previous entries into motor vehicles that the owners believed had been left unlocked. Here are the details, according to Darien police.
A window was smashed by a thief to get entry into a car parked in a lot off of Old Kings Highway North sometime in the late morning Sunday, Jan. 7. The thief didn’t get anything of much value: six months of the victim’s pay stubs in the glove box and two empty bank bags on the back seat, according to Darien police. Police gave this further account of what happened:
The victim parked his 0 BMW X6 at the Old Kings Highway Tennis Club at Old Kings Hwy. North at about 10:30 a.m. When he returned to the car at 12 noon, he saw that the rear driver’s side window was smashed and the glove box was open. The car was locked and was the only one known to have been broken into.
A male on Leroy Avenue told police that someone entered his motor vehicle overnight from Sunday to Monday last week. That Monday morning, Nov. 20, when the victim came to the vehicle open. The vehicle hadn’t been locked overnight, the victim told police after calling them at 8:25 a.m.
The vehicle was parked outside a house at 149 Leroy Ave. No other resident of the area reported that a vehicle had been entered that night; police did not say whether they went around the neighborhood to ask if anyone knew of anything suspicious. Police did not announce any other vehicles being entered over the course of the rest of the week.
Overnight from Thursday to Friday last week, two vehicles were stolen and two others were entered in Darien, police say, with three of the incidents happening around Tokeneke. None of the investigations were over as of Monday afternoon, police said. Thefts
In the first incident to be reported, at 7:24 a.m., Friday, Nov. 17 the owner of a green 2000 Acura Integra told police he left it locked in the driveway of a home in the 300 block of West Avenue the night before. He said the vehicle only had one key, and he still had it.
The Waterbury gang members stealing unlocked motor vehicles from outside homes in Darien, New Canaan and other area communities often have been arrested multiple times in the past, according to New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. Krolikowski’s comments came days before Darien Police Department posted an alert Saturday on Facebook and Twitter that three more cars were stolen overnight in town. Those arrested are nearly always juveniles — some as young as 14 years old. One girl arrested in connection with the thefts in New Canaan had been charged with 53 felonies “and she was not even held, she was released,” Krolikowski told members of the New Canaan Police Commission last week. “The justice system lets them get arrested multiple times,” he said at the Nov.
For the past few months, towns in Fairfield County have experienced a substantial increase in the number of both motor vehicle burglaries and stolen motor vehicles. The Darien Police Department has employed various tactics such as unmarked patrols, “bait” cars, and other investigative methods in an attempt to deter and apprehend the persons responsible. What To Do
While we are doing everything we can to impact the recent increase in incidents, we want to take the opportunity to give the residents of Darien some guidelines on keeping their vehicles and valuables safe. Always Lock Your Vehicle
The vast majority of the motor vehicle burglaries we respond to are of vehicles that were left unlocked. Often the suspects will pass over another vehicle in the same driveway because it was locked.
Darien isn’t unusual in getting hit with a recent rash of burglaries into unlocked motor vehicles, and it looks like the two teenagers recently arrested in town could solve a dozen of the recent burglaries, Police Chief Ray Osborne says. Speaking to the Police Commission at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Osborne said the two 17-year-old Stamford boys arrested by police admitted to quite a few burglaries. One of the boys had been found in Stamford inside an SUV stolen from Wilson Ridge Road. “Through some interviews with them, we got admissions of at least 12 other motor vehicle burglaries they had done a couple of nights previous to that [the day of the interviews],” Osborne told the commission. “Stamford ended up charging them, as well, with numerous motor vehicle burglaries,” he said.
In two separate, apparently unrelated incidents, thefts occurred in the Center Street parking lot in downtown Darien. One of the thefts was considerably more successful than the other. Darien police gave these accounts of the incidents:
Stolen Purse, Saturday, Oct. 15
At about 2 p.m., a 37-year-old Darien woman who had just eaten lunch at a Center Street restaurant put her purse next to a vehicle before getting in her husband’s car and forgot it as the car drove away. Two hours later, she realized what she had done and returned to the spot, but the purse was gone.
Nine vehicles parked by homes were entered overnight from Sunday to Monday morning, Sept. 18 to 19, at various streets on the western side of town, all of them off of Hoyt Street or not far from it, police said. The cars were entered on Lake Drive, where some items were taken from them, as well as on Georgian Lane (off of Christie Hill Road and the only street not intersecting with Hoyt Street), Phillips Lane, Lake Drive, Hoyt Court and Echo Drive North. Except for the cars on Lake Drive, nothing was reported stolen, but owners knew the cars had been entered when items from glove compartments or glove boxes were strewn about inside the vehicles, or doors were left open. Cars parked at two other houses further north on Hoyt Street were entered earlier in the weekend, possibly the night before, police said.
A Darien woman who parked her unlocked car in a lot near the Woodway Country Club swimming pool discovered later that her credit cards were missing, police said. The incident occurred Tuesday, Aug. 23. The woman, a 41-year-old resident of Walmsley Road, parked her car in the lot at 412 Hoyt St. at about 11:45 a.m. and returned to it at about 2 p.m. When she did, she noticed something odd.
Darien police say they’ve received two more reports of vehicles that may have been burglarized on the same night that police arrested five boys for entering about a dozen others in the southwest corner of town. A resident of Concord Lane and a resident of Glenwood Road each reported that vehicles were entered. Their reports join others on Glenwood Road, Anthony Lane and Hollow Tree Ridge Road from the incident overnight from Friday to Saturday, June 18 to 19. In every single case, the cars entered were unlocked. In one of the two latest reports, a Glenwood Drive resident said three vehicles parked outside the house were entered.
Five teenagers ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old were arrested on burglary charges early Saturday morning after an Anthony Lane resident called police to say that they seemed to be entering parked vehicles. Police, who got the call at about 5:30 a.m., described the incident and arrest with this account (including accusations not proven in court):
The Anthony Lane resident heard his vehicle’s car alarm go off shortly before he made the call and saw the teenagers in the area. Several police officers went to the area and found the group walking south on Hillside Avenue. They matched the description the resident gave them. All of the teenage boys are from Stamford and range in age from 15 years old (one of them) to 16 (three of them) to 17 (the fifth).
A man looked out the window of his home in the Kensett development when he looked out the window to see someone walk up his driveway and open the driver’s side door of his unlocked Jeep Grand Cherokee. Which was where his wallet was. The man told police that he went outside to confront the thief when he saw him saw start searching around inside the vehicle. The thief saw him and started walking away, with the victim’s wallet in his hand. The victim told the thief to drop the wallet, and he did, running off.
After an early morning phone call Wednesday to police from a woman who said she just saw a neighbor’s vehicle burglarized by two people, Darien police arrested them both. Darien police described the incident today (Wednesday, May 4) with this account (including accusations not proven in court):
A resident of Intervale Road told police at 5:30 a.m. to report the burglary she said she’d just seen. Several officers went to the area. Nearby, on Devon Road, Officers Daniel Noto and Daniel Gorton found a subject who matched the caller’s description. Police determined the subject, a 17-year-old Stamford boy, was one of the two burglars, and they arrested him.
Sometime on Monday, the driver’s side rear door of a car parked at the Noroton Heights Railroad Station was removed from its hinges and taken away. The theft was done out in the open, sometime between 6 a.m. and 3:07 p.m., when a town Department of Public Works employee saw it and reported it to police. The car, a gray 2015 Honda Accord, was parked by its owner, a New Canaan man headed for New York City, on the south side of the tracks, not far from Hollow Tree Ridge Road and near some stairs by the platform. The owner thought he had locked the car. The lock and handle of the driver’s side front door had been tampered with.