New Canaan PD: 2 unlocked cars stolen from driveways

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NEW CANAAN — Police are urging residents to be vigilant and lock their vehicles after two unlocked vehicles were stolen from driveways early Wednesday morning.

Around 9 a.m., police got a call about a 2019 Volvo XC90 that was taken from the driveway of a Rosebrook Road home. Police said the vehicle had been left unlocked and the key fob was left inside. The car was later recovered in Waterbury.

Then, around 12:20 p.m., police got a call about a 2016 Ford Edge that was stolen from the driveway of a Parade Hill Road home. Another vehicle in the driveway was entered and cash was taken from it, Police said.

“Both of these vehicles were unlocked,” police said. “The owner does not know if the key/fob was left inside the stolen vehicle, or if the criminal obtained the key by entering through an unlocked mudroom door.”

Despite the times that the crimes were reported, police said they happened during the “early morning hours” Wednesday.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, criminal gangs are active throughout Fairfield County,” police said. “In the past, some of the vehicles stolen in Fairfield County were used in violent crime.”

Police said residents need to be more cautious and practice good crime prevention strategies.

“This carelessness is putting our entire town at risk” police said.

The department stressed the importance of ensuring a home is well-lit and that vehicles are locked and keys and key fobs taken out of them. Police also urged any residents who could afford it to invest in an alarm system and surveillance cameras.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to New Canaan police at 203-594-3500.