Darien police report more burglaries, thefts of unlocked cars
DARIEN — Darien residents experienced a slew of car burglaries and thefts last week, according the police department. Three cars were stolen and six cars were broken into in Darien last week, according to the Police Department. In the previous week, officers reported six vehicle burglaries and two stolen cars.
In all but one of the incidents, the cars were either unlocked or the keys were left inside the vehicle, the police department reported. Sgt. James Palmieri said residents leaving their cars unlocked has been “an ongoing issue” since he started working for the department in 2009.
For the one car that was locked, someone smashed the car’s window around 6:30 p.m.
Sunday while the driver was at Cherry Lawn Park. The thief took a backpack, which had an iPhone, identification information and bank cards. On Friday morning, there were five complaints of cars being broken into but nothing was reported missing.
The cars included a 2020 Ford Explorer, a 2018 Jeep Wrangler and two Jeep Grand Cherokees, one from 2013 and the other from 2015. The incidents occurred at Libby Holly lanes, and Miles and Brush Island roads, police said. Another car from Libby Lane had been stolen after the owner left the car unlocked and the keys inside the vehicle.
Police found the car, a 2009 Honda Pilot, crashed at the intersection of Middlesex Road and Norton Avenue around 5:19 a.m. Friday.
On Sunnyside Avenue, a driver of a 2015 Audi said their car had been stolen from their residence overnight. The keys were left inside the vehicle and the car was unlocked.
On Rocaton Road, one man parked his BMW X5 in his attached garage, but left the bay door open and the key in the vehicle.
His car was gone Aug.
23 but officers recovered the car in New Haven later that morning.