Darien hit by wave of motor vehicle thefts
A recent string of motor vehicle thefts has police urging residents to remember to lock their vehicles at all times.
Two motor vehicle thefts occurred on Aug. 1 at the Leroy west parking lot. A Darien Public Works employee was driving through the lot at 3 p.m. when he noticed two chrome wheels and tires were missing off of a 2009 Range Rover, police said. The wheels and tires were valued at $3,000. A 2003 Porsche, which was parked next to the Range Rover, was also burglarized. The passenger window was rolled down and $15 in cash was taken from the vehicle, police said. The owner of the Porsche said the window was broken and that was why it was rolled down.
A 2011 Ford Explorer was burglarized on Aug. 1 at Equinox Fitness. The vehicle belonged to a Norwalk resident who said he went out to his car at 6:35 a.m. to get cash from his car and forgot to lock it again, police said. When he returned to his car at 12:20 p.m. he noticed $970 in cash he won at a casino was gone.
Police responded to a Sunset Road residence on Aug. 2 for a report of a burglary. A 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe had a golf bag with clubs, valued at $600 taken. The theft wasn't immediately reported because the complainant thought the bag might have been moved by another family member, police said.
BMW of Darien reported a theft on Aug. 3 after four tires and rims were taken from a 2006 BMW 750LI which had been dropped off to be serviced, police said. An alarm sounded at the business at 3:05 a.m. but a private security group didn't find anything, police said. The tires were valued at $1,200 and the rims were valued at $3,600.