7 car burglaries reported in Darien last week
Police are urging Darienites to lock their cars after seven motor-vehicle burglaries were reported last week. In each instance the car was left unlocked, according to Darien Police Capt. Fred Komm.
Approximately $1,900 worth of electronics and other items was reported stolen from a 2007 Chevy Tahoe parked in a residential driveway on Garden City Road on Thursday, April 29. The SUV's owner left her vehicle unlocked at 9 p.m. on Wednesday; when she returned at 7 a.m. on Thursday, she found her black leather Tory Burch purse, valued at $600, missing, police said. The purse contained a black leather wallet, valued at $300, which in turn contained $95 in cash, various credit cards, and $335 worth of gift cards, according to police. A pair of Burberry sunglasses, valued at $150 and a Bluetooth earpiece worth $50 were also reported stolen from the vehicle. In addition, the owner's daughter's pink wallet, containing $120 in confirmation gifts, and the daughter's iTouch, valued at $199, were also reported stolen, police said.
A Citibank Mastercard, which had been inside the woman's wallet was used to purchase $60 worth of MTA tickets at 4:29 a.m. on Thursday; it was also used to make a $530 purchase at Best Buy, police said.
A Darien Department of Public Works employee discovered the Tory Burch purse, containing the two empty wallets, on the side of Goodwives River Road near Old Kings Highway South on Thursday, according to Komm.
The owner of a 2000 Ford Explorer, parked his SUV on Old Kings Highway S. at noon on Wednesday, April 28; when he next returned to his car at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, he found the driver's door slightly open, and the center console and glove box rummaged through, according to police. Nothing was missing, police said.
Two similar incidents occurred in town on the same day. The owner of a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country left the minivan unlocked in a driveway on Clock Avenue at 8 p.m. on Wednesday; when the owner's son went out to us the vehicle at 7 p.m. on Thursday, he found the door and glove box open, police said. There was nothing of value inside the vehicle, and nothing was reported taken, Komm said. Additionally, the owner of a 2007 Lexus ES350 left the vehicle unlocked at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday; when he returned to the vehicle at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, he found the door slightly open, and the center console and glove box rifled through, police said. Nothing was taken, according to police.
"Probably all the incidents from that day are related," Komm said on Monday,.
Three vehicles were burglarized during the overnight hours of Sunday, April 25 and Monday, April 26, in what police believe to be related incidents, Komm said.
A Garmin Nuvi GPS unit, valued at $300, was reported stolen from a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, which was parked in a driveway on Fitch Avenue at noon last Sunday, police said. The owner's brother checked the SUV at 10 p.m. Sunday, and found everything in tact, but when the owner returned to his car at 1 a.m. on Monday, he found the glove box open and papers strewn about, according to police reports. The GPS, which had been tucked in the center console, out of plain view, was also missing, Komm said.
A 2008 Ford Edge, which was also left unlocked in a residential driveway on Fitch Avenue at 7:30 p.m. that Sunday, was broken into that night as well, police said. When the vehicle's owner went out to the car at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, he found the driver's door ajar and the glove box open, according to police reports. There was nothing of value inside the vehicle, and nothing was reported taken, Komm said.
A Magellan Maestro GPS unit, valued at $250, was reported stolen Wednesday from a 2009 Volvo XC70 parked in a residential driveway on Relihan Road. Though the incident was not reported until Wednesday, it took place between 6 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday, police said. In addition to the missing GPS, which had been mounted on the dash, the owner reported that the center console had been rummaged through, police said.
"The ones that occurred the same night, it's logical to conclude that they're related," Komm said.
"None of these vehicles were locked, which made theme easy targets," he said. Keeping cars locked at all times is one of the best ways to prevent a motor vehicle break-in, he said.
"Don't keep anything of value in your car," Komm said. "And if you have to keep something in there, keep it out of plain view."