DARIEN — Police received reports of several car break-ins last week, including a thwarted attempt where a homeowner scared off a would-be burglar.

On Dec. 13, police received a report of a car window smashed in the parking lot of the YMCA. The complainant told police she locked her car in the lot around 5:30 p.m. When she returned to the black Mazda sedan around 6:40 p.m., she found the rear passenger-side window had been broken. A $300 black purse left behind the front passenger seat had been stolen. In the purse were $400 prescription glasses.

Detectives searched the scene for evidence and the investigation is ongoing.

On Dec. 14, two more car break-ins were reported about two miles away in the area of Park Lane.

Around 9:15 a.m., a Park Lane resident called police to report footprints found in the snow around her white GMC Acadia. The woman checked the car and found nothing had been taken, but the center console had been left open. The car had been left unlocked overnight.

Around 9:40 a.m., another resident on Park Lane reported her unlocked gray BMW sedan had also been entered overnight. The car’s door was left ajar and an interior light left on, but nothing was missing.

Police searched the neighborhood, but did not find any evidence or suspects.

Later that day, less than a mile away on Intervale Road, a homeowner was watching TV around 3:30 p.m. when her motion-activated flood light turned on. The woman went to the window to investigate and saw a white man with a beard wearing a black parka and scarf enter her black 2006 Honda Pilot. The woman pounded on the window and the man fled.

Police checked the area but did not find the man. Nothing was taken from the car.

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