Vehicles Outside Four, Maybe Five Homes Entered Overnight on Two Darien Streets

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Vehicles were entered overnight from Sunday to Monday, Dec. 4 to 5 on two streets in town, not far from each other but not very close either. A Macbook Pro was taken from one vehicle, a couple of pairs of sunglasses from another.

The burglaries took place on Birch Road and Rocaton Road. There was no sign of forced entry, and all of the vehicles appeared to have been unlocked.

On Birch Road

There were reports of vehicles entered outside of three homes on Birch Road. At least two were entered overnight on Dec. 4 to 5, and a third may have been entered then, as well.

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You can see this statement on the back of Darien Police patrol cars: “LOCK YOUR CAR. EVERY TIME. EVERYWHERE.”

Outside the first home, a 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop, valued at $2,000 was taken from a 2016 GMC Yukon. A 2009 Audi Q7 parked outside the same home also was entered and items from the glove box were scattered inside the car, but nothing was taken from it. The complainant told police that doors of both vehicles were locked — but there were no signs of forced entry.

(If an Audi Q7 sounds familiar, there was another case last week involving two Audi Q7s, one mistaken for the other, resulting in a missing oil painting.)

The Audi was last seen by the owner when it was parked at 9:45 p.m., Dec. 4, and the Yukon was already in the driveway. At 5:30 a.m., the owner saw the Audi had been entered. Police were called at 5:57 a.m. — the first of the calls to police from any of the victims.

Outside a second home on the street, a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2005 Honda Pilot were entered. A Kate Spade wallet valued at $100 and containing an American Express credit card, along with $10 in cash and a Connecticut driver’s license were missing from the Honda. Nothing was missing from the Jeep.

A neighbor told police that her dog was let outside around midnight and seemed to react to someone nearby, which she thought was unusual. No other neighbors reported hearing or seeing anything unusual overnight.

In a detached garage outside a third home, a 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo may have been entered the same night, but the resident was away from home and police later saw a glove box open in a detached garage that had its door open.


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Although it was raining at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, when police saw the scene, there were no wet footprints on the garage floor. Police were at the house to follow up on a neighborhood canvass, asking residents if they might have seen or heard the thief or thieves.

Police were able to contact the car’s owner, who said the glove box shouldn’t have been open. There were two pairs of sunglasses in the glove box that should still be there, the owner told police. The sunglasses were gone.

On Rocaton Road

On Rocaton Road, vehicles were entered outside of two homes:

At 9:14 a.m., police were told a 2011 Ford Explorer parked overnight in a driveway had been entered, but nothing taken from it. A 2006 Lexus LS 430 in the same driveway was also entered.

Nothing was stolen from either vehicle. The vehicles were last seen at 8 p.m. the previous night, and the entries were discovered at 5:15 a.m. that morning.

When police went to neighbors on the street to ask if they’d seen or heard anything unusual, they discovered another vehicle was entered — a 2011 Volvo XC 70 parked outside a house.

Someone had entered the car and emptied the contents of the glove box on the front seat. The owner’s wife, who left for work at 5:15 a.m., called him to say what had happened. Nothing appears to have been taken.

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