Purses, wallet stolen during rash of car break-ins in Darien
DARIEN — Police have been dealing with another rash of overnight entries into unlocked cars.
On March 21 around 9:30 a.m., police responded to a Walmsley Road home on a report of someone entering an unlocked car. A 34-year-old woman told police she parked her GMC Acadia in her driveway the day before and must have forgotten to lock it. The next morning, she noticed the driver’s side door was open. Nothing was taken, but the glove box was open, its contents strewn across the front passenger seat.
Officers then discovered other cars on Walmsley Road and Cherry Street had been entered, including one next door to the original caller, where it appeared someone entered through an unlocked side garage door. On Fitch Avenue, an $80 Kindle Fire and a $125 blue Kate Spade wallet were taken from an unlocked 2014 Toyota Highlander and a $1,500 black Chloe purse containing two credit cards and $70 in cash was taken from a 2014 Audi Q7 on Walmsley Road.
On March 25, police received word of a second round of cars being entered, starting with an unlocked car on Sunset Road. Nothing was taken from the 2015 Chevy Suburban, but the center console and glove box had been rifled through. Several other cars on Fox Hill and Knollwood Lanes were also entered, but nothing was taken.
Police met with a resident on Knollwood Lane who found his 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and 2015 Ford Edge had been entered while left unlocked overnight. A blue leather “Foo” tote bag filled with four books, a Bible, a pencil case, makeup and paperwork were taken from the Ford. Some of the paperwork was recovered outside the home. Police later recovered the tote when it was brought into headquarters by a resident who’d been walking her dog around 5 a.m. and found the bag on the side of the road. It was later returned to its owner.
On Peach Hill Road, gift cards and a pair of sunglasses taken from an unlocked GMC Yukon were also found on the side of the road.
While canvassing the area, police also found an open package off the side of the road on Peach Hill around 11 a.m. According to the UPS website, the package was delivered to a Buttonwood Lane home on March 24 around 4 p.m. and originally contained a Storm Trooper helmet valued at $200. It appeared someone had stolen the package without the residents noticing and taken the helmet. Police seized the package as evidence.
Police said they do not believe these incidents are related to the Stamford teenagers charged last month for Darien car break-ins. Darien officers, however, do believe the March 25 incidents may have been connected to car burglaries and thefts that occurred around the same date in Rowayton near the Darien border.