Police are investigating a South Avenue home burglary that saw jewelry stolen while a New Canaan family was away on vacation.
The burglary—believed to be connected to others in New Canaan and Darien, according to Sgt. Peter Condos of the New Canaan Police Department —occurred some time between July 1 and July 8. The front door of the victim’s home, at the corner of Conrad Road, was found to be kicked in when the family returned to their house at 8 p.m. on July 8, Condos said. The family also found a window screen that had been cut, police said.
Meanwhile, burglars appeared to have tried to break into a home on nearby Whiffle Tree Lane some time between July 4 and 10, police said. A window screen at the back of the house had been cut, according to the homeowner, who notified police at 8:30 p.m. on July 10.
According to police, the burglars left behind more cumbersome items such as flat-screen TVs and computer equipment in ransacking the home’s master bedroom. A similar burglary—in addition to the attempted burglary described above—had occurred on nearby Whiffle Tree Lane in that same timeframe, according to police, as well as others along the South Avenue/Mansfield Avenue corridor in Darien. Condos said police believe the burglars are hopping on and off the Merritt Parkway.
New Canaan Police have issued the following tips to residents to guard against home burglaries:
- Activate alarm systems—always—even when leaving your house for a short time.
- Lock all doors and windows.
- Never leave your keys in your car.
- Report all suspicious persons or vehicles to our Department at 203-594-3500.
- Secure all valuables.