Two Cars in Same Neighborhood Stolen Amid Spate of Vehicle Entries Overnight, March 11 to 12

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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. All reports to police were on Monday, March 12:


19 Sunnyside Ave. — Reported at 6:45 a.m. The owner last saw his 2015 Audi A4 at 11 p.m. the night before. Not only were the doors unlocked, but the keys were left in the car. “During a canvass [of neighbors], two residents reported hearing someone getting into a vehicle and tires screeching at approximately 2:30 a.m.”

23 Denehurst Pl. — Reported at 7:51 a.m. At about 7:30 a.m., the owner discovered her 2015 Nissan Altima was missing from the driveway, where she parked it at 10:30 p.m. the night before, with the keys inside and the doors unlocked. A gray 2013 Nissan Altima, also parked unlocked in the driveway, had been entered and rummaged through. Police asked neighbors if they’d seen, heard or knew anything about the theft, but no one said they did.


21 Sunset Road — Reported at 8:08 a.m. The owner of a silver 2017 BMW X5 found out at 8 a.m. that it had been entered, because papers in the center console were disturbed. About $30 in cash was missing. Neighbors could tell police nothing.

11 Allen O’Neill Dr. Reported at 8:32 a.m. — The owner of a white 2017 Toyota Highlander found it had been entered and about $600 in cash was stolen from the center console. She told police she couldn’t remember if she had locked the vehicle, but there were no signs of forced entry.

40 Fairfield Ave. Reported to police at 4:33 p.m. A couple of blocks away from the theft on Allen O’Neill Drive, the owner of a gray 2016 Subaru Outback parked her car in her garage, but in addition to leaving the SUV’s doors unlocked, she left the garage door open. When she went back to the vehicle at 7:10 a.m., she noticed (the police announcement doesn’t say how) that it had been entered. Nothing was taken. Neighbors could tell police nothing.

11 Lake Dr. Reported at 7:16 p.m. Within a quarter of a mile from where vehicles were stolen on Denhurst Place and Sunnyside Avenue, the owner of a gray 2014 Honda Accord found at about 7:10 p.m. that the car had been entered and the contents of the center console were strewn across the front passenger seat. She had parked it in the driveway the night before. The entry may have been made possibly overnight, police said.



40 Herman Ave. Reported March 11. The owner of a gray 2007 Toyota Prius reported a theft from the car that occurred sometime in February. The owner told police she had been out of the country since Feb. 9, so she hadn’t been able to report the theft, but her brother had discovered it on Feb. 16, when he saw that items in the car were in disarray. He never reported the matter to police. She believed the vehicle had been unlocked at the time.

19 Thomasina Lane Reported Saturday, March 3. Sometime overnight from Friday to Saturday, a man told police, his unlocked vehicle had been entered and the driver’s door was left ajar. The contents of both the center console and glove box had been disturbed. Nothing appeared to have been taken. Neighbors said they knew nothing about it.

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