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Vehicle stolen from New Canaan found crashed in West Haven

Published 1:00 pm, Monday, June 30, 2014
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A black 2006 Jeep Cherokee that was reported stolen from the Talmadge Hill train station parking lot June 13 has been recovered, according to New Canaan police.

The vehicle was involved in an accident in West Haven June 20, where it was subsequently abandoned, according to police. Details about the accident were not available.

Inside the car, which was heavily damaged on the front end, police found numerous items, including stolen license plates; many pieces of clothing; sheets; purchase receipts from Wal-Mart, McDonald's and other stores; and a picture of a small child, according to the report. Officers said they believe someone might have been living in the vehicle.

New Canaan police said they're examining the evidence, which includes fingerprints and DNA from the suspect.

The 35-year-old owner of the vehicle told police June 13 that he had left it in the parking lot at 5:30 a.m. June 12 and when he returned at 6:15 p.m. the next day, the car was missing, police said. His co-workers told him that the car, valued at $11,000, was not in the parking lot at 5:30 a.m. June 13, according to police.