Two cars stolen overnight in Darien, more than half a dozen burglarized, all unlocked

Two cars were stolen and more than half a dozen cars were burglarized overnight between June 15 and June 16. In each case the car was apparently left unlocked.

A Patton Drive resident first reported his BMW 328D stolen to police at about 5 a.m. on June 16. He had left the car parked in his driveway the previous evening, but did not remember if it had been locked or if the keys were left inside, though the keys were missing. A search of the area did not show any signs of tampering with neighboring vehicles, but another car, a Lexus RX350, was reported stolen from Lynn Court.

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According to police, the owner of that vehicle had left it unlocked with the keys inside. The victim’s surveillance camera showed a light colored sedan pass the home several times, then two men getting out with dark hooded sweatshirts. The two men enter the Lexus and it is backed it out of the driveway. Five more burglarized vehicles were found near Lynn Court during an area canvass. In each case the glove box had been searched, with the contents being thrown about. One victim reported a tote bag and wallet missing, while another reported about five dollars in change stolen. Residents of Hilton Street, Brown Street and Post Road contacted police in the later in the day to report burglaries as well. Nothing was taken from the other cars.

An investigation is ongoing but Darien police urge all residents to lock their cars and secure their belongings wherever they park.