Police investigate series of car burglaries in New Canaan
Four vehicles were entered or broken into in New Canaan on Friday, Sept. 19, and New Canaan police believe all four incidents are connected.
The first report came at 10:22 a.m. when a 42-year-old Darien resident said one of her car windows was smashed open while the vehicle was parked next to Waveny House, according to police. The complainant said she parked her 2010 Mercedes in the parking lot at 9:20 a.m. and returned an hour later to find the driver's side rear window shattered and her purse stolen, police said.
The Givenchy purse cost $2,000 and it contained an $8,000 woman's Rolex watch, a $200 Stuart Weitzman wallet, $200 in cash, as well as debit and credit cards, according to the report.
Police said a witness described seeing a red vehicle parked next to the complainant's car with two people inside, one of whom was a man. The witness said the car looked new and was running, the report stated.
The description, according to police, matches a vehicle described by witnesses in similar incidents that recently took place in Darien. The vehicle there, of which Darien police have surveillance footage, is a red 2013 Ford Explorer with California license plates.
About 15 minutes after the first report, another Darien woman called police saying her 2009 Lincoln Navigator was broken into at Lapham Road, near Talmadge Hill Road, according to police. The 51-year-old complainant reported parking the car there at 9:55 a.m. and returning about 25 minutes later, police said. When she came back, she found the driver's side rear window smashed and her purse, which was sitting behind the console, was gone, the report stated.
Police said the woman is missing her cork purse, which is valued at $100, three pairs of sunglasses valued at $200 each, $450 in cash and credit cards.
At 12:49 p.m. the same day, police received a report from a 54-year-old Stamford resident who said she was walking her dog at Mead Park when her car was entered, according to the report. The woman said she thought she locked her BMW X3 when she parked it in the area near Grove Street and returned in just 10 minutes, police said. It turns out she didn't lock the doors, according to police, as there were no signs of forced entry.
Stolen were a $200 Coach purse with $150 in cash, police said. A Samsung Galaxy, which was initially thought to be missing, was found near the area, the report stated.
Police said the last larceny report that Friday came at 4:12 p.m. from a New Canaan resident who realized her purse was missing. The 42-year-old woman had been at Mead Park at about 11 a.m., where she left her car unlocked and went to buy a sandwich, according to the report. The complainant told police she thought she had left her purse at home. Besides the purse, she's missing a red leather wallet and credit cards, but police do not have an estimated value for those items.
In Darien, four vehicles were burglarized that same day -- three of them were broken into at the YMCA, 2420 Post Road.
Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said the New Canaan and Darien police departments continue to investigate the incidents. She said the suspect vehicle has a Hello Kitty and an American flag sticker on the rear window.