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Unlocked Vehicles Entered Overnight, Jan 10 to 11 on Five Mile River Road

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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.

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More Unlocked Vehicles Entered Around Town Last Friday/Saturday Night, Nov 19 to 20

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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:
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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.

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State Lawmakers Explore What Can Be Done About Youths Stealing Cars Across the State

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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.

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On Three Different Nights, 10 Unlocked Motor Vehicles Entered, Bank Cards and Other Items Stolen

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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).

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Bank Cards Used After Burglaries of Four Unlocked SUVs on Same Night

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Four sport utility vehicles were entered overnight from Monday to Tuesday, April 12 to 13, victims told police. Items, including credit cards, were taken from two, and a security camera showed a suspect at two more, around 2 a.m., police said. Darien police gave these accounts of the incidents:
202 Middlesex Road
At 7:21 a.m., that Tuesday, a purse was reported abandoned on the side of the road on Edgerton Street. Police found that the purse belonged to a resident of 202 Middlesex Road. She told police that the purse, was missing from her 2020 Acura MDX, which had been entered overnight.