Police are investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles and the theft of a Chevy Tahoe and a Toyota Rav4. The Toyota was recovered after being involved in a crash with evading in Danbury.
In all instances, Lt. Stephen Corrone said vehicles were either left unlocked or there were no signs of forced entry.
To make it more difficult for thieves, he said police remind residents to always lock their doors and not to leave valuables visible inside their vehicle.
A Pilgrim Lane man reported the theft of his white 2015 Chevy Tahoe on Monday morning. Police said the vehicle was parked in the driveway at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and the theft occurred sometime overnight.
The keys were left inside the vehicle, but the victim told police the fob to open the doors was inside the house. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.
A 2016 Ford F150 that was also parked in the driveway with the keys inside was entered and the keys were stolen, police said, adding there was no sign of forced entry.
On Tuesday morning, an officer patrolling the area because of the rash of thefts found a silver Honda Pilot parked in a cul-de-sac on Pilgrim Lane. Corrone said it had been reported stolen out of Fairfield and police believe it was used by the car thieves who stole the Chevy Tahoe.
Police responded to the report of a vehicle with an open door on Stillmeadow Circle at Northbrook Condominiums at 1:12 a.m. Saturday and soon discovered several other vehicles were also entered in the neighborhood.
Then officers went to the Hills of Monroe, where a Jeep Wrangler’s doors were open and contents from the center console and glove compartment were thrown about.
A .45 caliber handgun magazine, a folding knife, a Swiss Army knife and a flashlight were reported stolen.
At 3 a.m. Saturday, Danbury police contacted Monroe police about a 2017 Toyota Rav4 involved in a crash and abandoned. It was registered to a Stillmeadow Circle resident in Monroe, who learned it was stolen from the driveway earlier after being contacted by police.
Police said the Toyota had been left unlocked in the driveway with the keys inside.
Inside the vehicle, officers found the items stolen from the Jeep Wrangler at the Hills of Monroe.