Two (2) Town residents had their vehicles stolen from their driveways last weekend, as the vehicle theft trend continues throughout the Town and the State, and adding to the growing number of residents who have been victimized.
During the early morning hours on Saturday, April 25, a Honda Accord was taken from a home on George Street. The vehicle contained a variety of personal property, including credit cards, cash, jewelry and a passport. During the late night hours, the credit cards were used at a local business, before the resident realized that their vehicle had been stolen. Later that same day, the Honda was recovered abandoned in Bridgeport.
Also that same night, a Toyota Rav4 was stolen from a residence on Johnson Street, along with a wallet containing several credit cards and house keys. The car had been left unlocked with these valuables inside. This car was recovered two (2) days later, also in Bridgeport.
In the past year, twenty-one (21) cars have been stolen in Trumbull. Almost all of them were taken from private residences, where they had been left unlocked and the keys left inside the cars. These thefts have occurred in all areas of town, on both main streets and quiet side roads.
In addition, there have been more than one hundred thirty-eight (138) incidents of “Thefts from Vehicles” during this same one-year period. The vast majority of these involved cars that were parked in residential driveways, and all of which were left unlocked. In the most recent incidents, video footage captured from doorbell cameras showed the thieves walking in residential areas, and attempting to open car doors by pulling on the door handles. None of the locked vehicles were damaged, entered, or subject to any theft.
To avoid being victimized, police continue to stress that residents always lock their cars and remove the keys. Any information regarding the thefts, including video footage, should be forwarded to local police.