Car windows smashed, purses stolen from Darien YMCA parking lot
Updated 11:33 am, Tuesday, December 6, 2016
DARIEN — Two purses were stolen from cars in the parking lot of the Darien YMCA after suspects smashed the car windows Dec. 2, police said.
Around 8:10 a.m., police received a report of a car burglary. The victim, a 48-year-old Stamford woman, had her black leather Coach purse, worth $350, stolen from her 2007 Jeep Compass. The purse contained a black leather Michael Kors wallet, valued at $200, which contained $200 in cash, her driver’s license, as well as three credit/debit cards. The suspects also took a $200 black North Face jacket the woman had hidden her purse underneath when she left it on the floor of the front passenger side of her car.
The woman had arrived at the YMCA around 7:15 that morning and parked her car west of the building’s entrance in the parking lot. Security camera footage shows a silver Toyota Highlander enter the parking lot around 7:30 a.m. The vehicle had license plates from another state, but police could not determine which state. The Highlander parked next to the victim’s vehicle and a dark-skinned man exited from the right rear door of the car. Footage then shows he smashed the window of the woman’s Jeep and took her purse. Another person then exited the driver’s side of the Highlander and smashed the rear driver’s side window of a black 2012 Volvo XC 70 and took a beige Ralph Lauren purse, worth $200, hidden behind the driver’s seat.
The owner of the Volvo, a 65-year-old Stamford woman, found her car had been broken into when she left the Y and saw police attending to the other burglary. She told officers she had reclined the driver’s side seat of her car to hide her purse. Her purse contained $100 in cash, four debit/credit cards and a Connecticut driver’s license in the victim’s name.
A police investigation showed no other cars, including ones that were unlocked, had been broken into in the lot and there were no reports of car burglaries in nearby towns. Police are unsure how the suspects smashed the windows.