Nine more unlocked cars are burglarized in Darien, police say

DARIEN — Another nine unlocked vehicles were recently burglarized in Darien, largely over two nights.

Two unlocked vehicles on Lighthouse Way were burglarized on the night of April 18. A driver’s license was stolen from one of them.

On the same night, an Audi on Park Lane was burglarized. A bank card was taken from the vehicle and had been used in Bridgeport by the time police arrived.

Another three cars were burglarized on Beach Drive and Duffy’s Lane on the same night, with nothing reported missing.

On the night of April 20, two vehicles were burglarized on Relihan Road.

A bank card that was reported stolen the following morning from one of the vehicles on Relihan Road had been used at the rest area on Interstate 95 in Darien.

A vehicle was broken into on April 20 on Laforge Road, and another car was burglarized on Beach Drive the night after. Nothing was reported missing in both of these breakins.

This latest string of burglaries adds to an already lengthly list of car breakins that have occurred this year.

In March, Darien police reported that $30,000 in jewelry, a laptop and wallet were stolen from one of 20 vehicles that were burglarized during a seven-day period.

Police said an unlocked 2020 Lexus containing the jewelry and laptop was burglarized while parked at the Ox Ridge Riding and Racquet Club sometime between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 19. One of the bank cards from the stolen wallet was later used at Walgreens in Yonkers, N.Y., police said.

On March 22, an unlocked 2014 Lexus was burglarized sometime between 11:10 a.m. and 12:12 p.m. while parked at the Country Club of Darien. Stolen was a wallet containing $70 in cash, bank cards and ID, police said.

In December, Darien Police Chief Donald Anderson warned the community of the dangers that could result from not locking vehicles.

Anderson said many of the stolen cars taken from Darien have turned up in some of Connecticut’s larger cities like Waterbury, Bridgeport and New Haven, as well as in New York and New Jersey.

“They most assuredly have been used in many crimes, including crimes of violence,” Anderson said.