Unlocked cars entered in Darien
DARIEN —Several unlocked vehicles were entered on Birch and Rocaton roads, leading to a laptop, sunglasses and a wallet being stolen.
The first theft was reported Dec. 5 on Birch Road where a 2009 Audi Q7 and a 2016 GMC Yukon parked in the same driveway were entered. According to the complainant, he had parked the Audi on Dec. 4 around 9:45 p.m. and his wife had already parked her car, the Yukon, in the driveway earlier that night. The man said he thought both vehicles had been locked.
When the complainant came out around 5:40 a.m., he found the contents of his Audi’s glove box and center console had been dumped onto his seat. He then checked his wife’s Yukon and found a 13-inch Macbook Pro, worth $2,000, had been taken from the center console. There was no damage to the exterior of the doors and windows of either vehicles.
Police also received a report about two more vehicles parked at another Birch Road house. A $100 Kate Spade wallet was stolen from a 2005 Honda Pilot. The wallet contained an American Express credit card, $10 in cash and a Connecticut driver’s license. A 2014 Jeep Cherokee parked in the same driveway was entered but nothing taken from it.
Darien police checked the neighborhood. One neighbor told police her dog began barking when it went out around midnight which she found unusual. Aside from that, no one else saw or heard anything unusual.
As part of their investigation, officers continued searching the area the following day.
While conducting the canvass of Birch Road, police saw a garage with the door left open and a 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo parked inside. Police checked inside the garage and saw the glove box of the car had been opened but not rifled through. No one was home, but police obtained the resident’s phone number from a neighbor and contacted him.
The homeowner was out of state, but said he had left the garage door open. He did say, however, the glove box of his car should not have been open. Police checked and confirmed over the phone that two sunglasses in glasses cases had been taken from the glove box.
Several other vehicles closer to downtown Darien were also entered during the same time period as the Birch Road thefts.
Nothing was taken from either the 2011 Ford Explorer or the 2006 Lexus LS 430 parked in the driveway next to a home on Rocaton Road, but the complainant found on the morning of Dec. 5 the glove boxes were left opened. The complainant said she did not hear or see anything suspicious overnight. Both vehicles had been last seen in the driveway untouched around 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and both had been left unlocked.
Police searched the area and in the process discovered another unlocked vehicle had been entered on Rocaton Road. The complainant told police his wife called to tell him she found the contents of the glove box of her 2011 Volvo XC70 emptied onto the front seat when she left for work around 5:15 a.m. There was a second car parked in the same driveway which appeared untouched. The complainant said he did not hear anything suspicious overnight.
Police said residents should continue to report if their cars have been entered, even if nothing is taken.
“We do want to know, even if there’s not a lot to investigate,” said Capt. Don Anderson. “When we do catch somebody, which we do on a regular basis, a lot will give up others. So we do want people to report this whether or not anything was taken.”