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Posted on: April 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 2020-04-06: Unlocked Vehicles Lead to Numerous Larcenies and Car Thefts

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Despite the current health emergency and stay-at-home orders, crime has continued to strike the town, with thieves still targeting unlocked cars during the overnight hours in residential neighborhoods. This weekend, in Trumbull, one (1) car was stolen, and eight (8) others were opened where various property was stolen.

So far in April 2020 there has been one motor vehicle theft of an UNLOCKED vehicle with the keys left INSIDE on Fernwood Road. During April there have already been eight (8) reported thefts from motor vehicles. Again, all of these thefts have resulted from UNLOCKED vehicles, and at least one of these thefts involved the use of the vehicle that was stolen from Fernwood Road. The April thefts from motor vehicles occurred on Brookhedge Road, Daniels Farm Road, Oldfield Road, Parkwood Road, and on Pinehurst Street. Other vehicle thefts have also occurred from residents who started their car and left it unattended to warm up.

In Trumbull, during March 2020, there were motor vehicles stolen from Caldron Drive, Chatham Drive, and Oakridge Road. All of these vehicles were left UNLOCKED with the keys or key fob left INSIDE. During this time, there were eighteen (18) reported thefts from motor vehicles, and all but one (1) were a result of UNLOCKED vehicles. The thefts from vehicles occurred on Alice Place, Arrowhead Drive, Caldron Drive, Franklin Street, Friar Lane, Gaylord Road, Gorham Place, Hawley Lane, Hedgehog Road, Iron Gate Road, Lake Avenue, Larkspur Drive, Longmeadow Road, Saxony Drive, and Woolsley Avenue.

This recent crime spree has been a recurring pattern that is affecting the entire area. Police believe the suspects, usually, teenagers in a stolen vehicle, travel in small groups into secluded neighborhoods during the late night and early morning hours. They stop and exit the vehicle, then prowl around a neighborhood checking for unlocked vehicles, searching for items to steal. When they come across a vehicle with a key left inside, they will often abandon the vehicle they came in and take the newly found one.

The Trumbull Police would like to remind all residents to ALWAYS LOCK YOUR VEHICLES, remove all packages and valuables, and never leave their keys inside. As always, please report anything suspicious as it occurs. Anyone with information about these incidents are asked to contact the Trumbull Police Department directly at 203-261-3665 OR at our anonymous and confidential tip line located on the Town of Trumbull website.

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