DARIEN — Two 16-year-olds from Bridgeport were charged with larceny after Darien police said they caught the teens with a car stolen out of Stamford.

On Aug. 22 around 3:40 a.m., a patrol officer saw three cars driving east down the Post Road suddenly turn down Salt Box Lane, which is a small, dead-end road. Given the recent rash of car break-ins, the officer followed the vehicles, one of which made a sudden U-turn back onto the Post Road. The officer stopped the car, a black Honda Civic, and found the registration was expired. The driver and passenger of the car were uncooperative and gave several false names.

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A message from Darien Police:

The Department will continue its heightened awareness and extra patrols in an attempt to curb future occurrences. The Department would further like to take the opportunity to remind homeowners to please remember to lock their vehicles at night and take the keys inside. The vast majority of the motor vehicle burglaries in town are from unlocked cars, just as thefts of motor vehicles are of vehicles with the keys left inside.

Meanwhile, other officers checked Salt Box Lane and found one of the cars, a silver Honda Civic, abandoned in the road. Officers discovered the car was stolen out of Stamford.

The third vehicle was never found.

The teens found in the black Honda Civic were taken to the police station. During questioning, the teens admitted the car they were driving was stolen out of Stamford. Both teens were issued juvenile summons for interfering with an investigation and two counts of third-degree larceny.

Police said they think the teens may have been a part of a string of recent car thefts in Darien.

EKayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata