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Darien Police investigating rash of car break-ins

Published 3:20 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Darien police are investigating a series of motor vehicle burglaries that took place last week.

On Nov. 20, police received a report of a stolen vehicle and a motor vehicle burglary in a residential driveway on Relihan Road. Police said the owner reportedly parked the vehicle, a gray 2011 BMW X3 station wagon, in the driveway at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 19 and discovered it missing at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 20. The owner was not sure if he'd locked the vehicle and said he may have left a spare key in the vehicle as well, according to police.

A second vehicle, a 2009 Volvo XC70, was parked in the driveway, and the owner reported a Magellan GPS, valued at $200, missing. Police said the second vehicle had been left unlocked.

Police received several other vehicle burglary reports on Nov. 20. A 2002 Honda Odyssey parked in a residential driveway on Thomasina Lane was left unlocked, and the owner said she inadvertently left her purse on the floor of the vehicle. Police said when she went to retrieve her purse at 9 a.m., she discovered that her wallet had been taken. The wallet was valued at approximately $200 and contained $400 cash and assorted credit cards, according to police. Police said the woman canceled the credit cards before they could be fraudulently used.

While investigating the burglary on Thomasina Lane, police said another Relihan Road resident approached them and reported three of the vehicles in his driveway had been broken into.

Police said all three vehicles -- a 2002 Ford Escape, a 2004 Toyota Tacoma and a 2011 BMW 328xi -- were unlocked. The BMW had a GPS device removed and the Ford Escape had an iPod taken from the driver's seat, according to police. Police did not immediately know the value of the missing items.

Two more vehicle burglaries were reported on Nov. 21. Police said at approximately 4:30 a.m. an Anthony Lane resident looked out her window and observed a subject running up her driveway. Her husband checked their unlocked vehicle, a 2012 Toyota RAV4, and discovered one of the doors slightly ajar, according to police.

Police said missing from the glove compartment was $7 in singles. The homeowners were unable to give a description of the subject because it was dark.

Police also received a report from a Relihan Road resident that a 2003 Chevy Malibu was broken into on Nov. 21. The complainant, who said the vehicle was left unlocked and had not been used recently, discovered that the glove compartment had been gone through and a small amount of change possibly taken, according to police.

Police believe the burglary of the Malibu occurred at the same time as the others in the area.

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