5 motor-vehicle burglaries reported in Darien last week

Five motor-vehicle burglaries were reported in town last week, according to Darien Police.

Three unlocked vehicles, left in two separate residential driveways on Catherine Street near West Avenue, were broken into during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 23, police said. A West Road resident called police to report seeing a suspicious person after noticing the interior lights of three separate cars flash on and off at 2:15 a.m.

The complainant told police a 5-foot-6-inch tall man, wearing dark clothing, including a puffy, hooded jacket and a backpack was walking on West Avenue near the vehicles.

The complainant first saw the dome lights of a 1988 Ford Taurus light up. One hundred dollars was reported missing from the car's ashtray, police said.

The complainant also reported seeing interior lights come in a 2003 Ford Escape and 2003 Ford Explorer parked in a neighboring driveway. Garmin GPS units, valued at $150 each, were reported stolen from both Fords and a ThinkPad laptop, valued at $900, was reported stolen from the Explorer. All electronics were left in plain view, according to Capt. Fred Komm.

The following morning, two nail guns were reported stolen from a 1992 Chevy Astro Van left unlocked behind the Noroton Height Fire Department on Noroton Avenue. The van was left in the parking lot at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19; when the owner returned at 7 a.m. on Feb. 24, he found a framing nail gun, valued at $500, and a trimming nail gun, valued at $450, missing from the van.

Additionally, a tan Coach purse, containing a black Liz Claiborne wallet, which held credit cards and $80 cash, was reported stolen from a 2002 Chrysler Town & Country parked at Bertucci's, 54 Post Road, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28.

According to police, the van's owner left the bag behind the passenger seat in the locked minivan, which was parked in a well concealed part of the parking lot at 6:15 p.m. When the family returned to the vehicle about an hour later, they found the passenger window of the van smashed, and the purse gone. There was no activity reported to the credit cards before they were canceled, police said.