Darien police reported nine vehicles parked outside eight homes in town were recently entered overnight, most of them from Tuesday to Wednesday, Jan. 19 to 20. Various items were taken from several of them. As usual, all of them were unlocked. Reported stolen were a “portable electronic device” valued at $100, a pair of prescription sunglasses, another pair of sunglasses, $80 in cash, a phone charger.
A jacket was the only item reported stolen overnight Jan. 10 to 11 from unlocked vehicles parked outside three homes on Five Mile River Road, according to police. Darien police received three reports on Tuesday, Jan. 11 about vehicles entered overnight on the Tokeneke street. One resident told police that at 12 midnight he saw the inside lights on in his 2021 Ford, 2016 Range Rover and 2021 Dodge.
A thief stole a man’s iPhone and briefcase on Christmas Eve from a 2016 Subaru parked outside a home on Camp Avenue, Darien police were told. It took place fast: The victim said it happened sometime from about 6:38 to 6:42 p.m. That’s only six minutes. Police were called at 7:14 p.m.
The victim said he noticed that the dome light was on in his car, which he had left unlocked. He went out to check the car and saw that the items had been stolen. SEE ALSO:
Thieves Gift Themselves With Two Darien SUVs on Christmas Night (Dec.
Two owners of sport utility vehicles each told police that their SUVs had been stolen on the night after Santa came to town. In each case, the victim said the cars were unlocked and keys were left inside. The thieves came overnight from Dec. 25 to 26, between Christmas Day and Sunday morning. Driftway Lane
A purse was also in one of the SUVs, at Driftway Lane, and the owner was notified by a bank at 2:12 a.m. that a purchase had been made in Waterbury from a bank card that had been in the purse.
The bizarre suburban tradition of leaving cars, SUVs and other vehicles unlocked, outside in driveways overnight resulted in some thefts of pricey items last week, although most victims told police nothing was taken. Vehicles were entered on Hillcrest Avenue (at three addresses); Clock Avenue (one); Harbor Road (three); and Driftway Lane (one). Here’s the latest rundown, all but the last one from the night of Sunday to Monday, Dec. 12 to 13. That last one, which took place the next night, is a doozy:
(Editor’s note: Darienite.com has given up on listing the exact addresses of people who’ve left their cars unlocked overnight.
In the weeks before Christmas, all through some nights,
Creatures are stirring, in hopes that they might,
Find a car door unlocked, and inside find keys! And then they drive off in their booty with ease. (The stockings are hung by the chimney with care,
But cars? Unlocked — as if thieves wouldn’t dare.)
As children are nestled all snug in their beds,
Handles are pulled, doors opened, and then —
SUVs, pickups and sedans are driven
On out of town, fast as Donder and Blitzen! A hard night’s day, would be 11 December:
On Kona Road, a Land Rover was stolen,
In typical fashion — unlocked and keys in.
Some thieves who go into unlocked cars aren’t afraid to branch out and enter a garage when a garage door opener is found in the vehicle, as happened overnight from Friday to Saturday on Holly Lane. The incident was one of four reported the same day, after in the latest spate of overnight entries into unlocked vehicles in Darien. Here’s how police described each incident, all of which took place on nearby streets:
A woman told police that when her husband went outside at about 7:30 a.m., he found the garage door fully open, although she had closed that door the evening before. A Huffy brand bicycle was in the garage, but it didn’t belong to anybody at the home. And the couple’s son’s bicycle was missing.
A 2015 Honda Pilot was stolen when it was left running on the side of the road while the driver was working as a delivery driver for a local business at the corner of Mansfield and the Post Road, police were told. Police didn’t give the name of the business — but Post Corner Pizza is at that location. The theft was reported to police at 6:47 p.m., Saturday. In a separate incident, sometime overnight Friday to Saturday a 2015 Cadillac Escalade was stolen from outside a home on the Post Road between Purdy Lane and Hillside Avenue. The keys were left inside the vehicle, which was unlocked, said the owner, who called police at 7:25 a.m., Saturday.
State legislators from both parties recently started more active discussions on what can be done about youths stealing cars across the state, a problem that’s festered for years. In a related development, state Rep. Terrie Wood told constituents Thursday afternoon that she’s joined other lawmakers in petitioning for a special session of the state Legislature to address the problem. The recent death of a runner in New Britain, reportedly struck by a stolen car driven by a 17-year-old with a long criminal history, prompted a GOP news conference on the problem Wednesday morning, and then the meeting of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle that afternoon, according to a report Thursday on the CT News Junkie website. The report also said: “A bipartisan group of lawmakers emerged from a closed-door meeting at the state Capitol Wednesday with plans to pursue policies aimed at reducing youth crime including giving judges more information on the criminal records of repeat offenders.” The Democratic and Republican lawmakers said they “identified some limited common ground,” as the article described it.
In the course of one night, police said, three unlocked vehicles, each with keys inside, were stolen from outside Darien homes. Within minutes or days, each was found: One just down the street on Long Neck Point Road; another in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (93 miles from Darien, along Interstate 95 on the Massachusetts/Connecticut border); and the third in North Haven. On the same night and the next morning — Monday to Tuesday, June 28 to 29 — owners of two other unlocked vehicles told police that the vehicles had been entered, but nothing was stolen from them. SEE ALSO: State Lawmakers Explore What Can Be Done About Youths Stealing Cars Across the State (Thursday, July 8)
Darien police gave these accounts of the three vehicle thefts and the two other entries:
At 9:32 a.m., a resident of 23 Dubois St. told police that his or her unlocked 2015 Lexus RX was entered sometime overnight.
Darien police say that on one recent night, a Corvette with the keys inside was stolen outside one home in town. On another night, a Mercedes Benz was stolen the same way. Early on another morning, someone stole a wallet and other items from an SUV. All three vehicles were left unlocked, outside. Police, who did not say that any of the thefts were related, gave these accounts of each theft (in chronological order):
At about 6:40 a.m., Wednesday, June 23, the owner of a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette was awoken by the sound of the car starting.
Overnight Friday to Saturday, a 2020 Volvo XC60 was stolen after it was left unlocked outside a home on Horseshoe Road. Within a day, the SUV was found in Waterbury. Inside the vehicle, Darien police detectives found items stolen the same night from another unlocked vehicle outside a Brookside Road house. When police went to the Brookside Road victim’s home to tell her what they’d found, she told them she hadn’t realized her purse had been stolen. It held various bank cards, identification and keys.
A woman who went for a walk with her dog in Woodland Park late this Monday afternoon was careful to lock her 2010 Honda when she left it in the parking area off of Middlesex Road. But that didn’t prevent her purse, left on the passenger-side floor, from being stolen, along with the credit cards cash, identifying documents and personal checks in it, police were told. In the past, in Darien and elsewhere, thieves have gone to the parking lots of parks and other spots where they expect owners to be gone for enough time to allow the thief to smash a window and make off with a purse. Police have suggested leaving items like purses in car trunks — but putting them in trunks before parking in a lot at a park. Thieves have been known to watch for people doing that, too.
Just one thing was reported stolen over one night recently when four unlocked cars were entered while parked outside at Avalon Darien — a car key. That led to a fifth car at the same housing complex being stolen the same night. Darien police said the vehicles were entered sometime overnight Monday to Tuesday, April 26 to 27. Vehicles entered were a 2019 Lexus, 2013 Jeep and a 2013 Mercedes. A 2010 Honda was where the thief got the car key.
Items were stolen after 10 unlocked motor vehicles were entered overnight on three nights last week, including two thefts of stolen bank cards which were later used, police said. Darien police gave this additional information about the incidents:
From Sunday to Monday, April 18 to 19
At 20 Park Lane, a bank card was taken from an unlocked 2019 Audi S5. The bank card was used in Bridgeport before police arrived to get information. At 6 Lighthouse Way, a driver’s license was reported missing from a 2014 Range Rover. Nothing was reported missing from four unlocked vehicles that were entered at 10 Lighthouse Way, 14 Beach Drive and 10 Duffy’s Lane (where two vehicles were entered).