Police say they received a report early Friday of an SUV stolen from a Stoneleigh Road driveway.
The owner of a stolen 2017 Land Rover also told police at about 6:55 a.m. on March 25 that a second vehicle had been left unlocked overnight and had been rummaged through, according to a press release issued by Police Chief Leon Krolikowski.
“The owner stated the Land Rover was locked, however the Land Rover’s keys may have been left in the second vehicle that was rummaged through,” the press release said.
Though the owner was able to locate the stolen vehicle in Waterbury using an app, police were still searching for it as of midday Friday, the chief said in the press release.
Krolikowski urged motorists to lock their cars, remove keys and secure valuables.
“Often, identity theft occurs when drivers’ licenses and credit cards are stolen,” he said in a press release.
New Canaan through February 2022 has fielded reports of five stolen cars as well as five larcenies from stolen vehicles. Last month, the Police Commission backed Krolikowski’s request for $200,000 plus to bolster safety initiatives at public parks in downtown. New Canaan had “an unprecedented” number of motor vehicle thefts in 2021, Krolikowski said during the Commission’s Feb. 16 meeting, something police are “very concerned about”—up to 39 last year, from 27 in 2020 and just 10 in 2019.