Police: McLaren and Nissan (with $10,000 Cash Inside) Reported Stolen from New Canaan Homes


Police say a Locust Avenue resident reported that a car stolen recently from their home had $10,000 in cash left inside.

At about 8:48 a.m. on Aug. 27 (a Friday), the owner of a 2012 Nissan Altima told officers that they thought the car had been locked when it was parked at 2 a.m. but that the keys were inside, according to police.

In addition to the cash, a wallet left inside the Nissan had a driver’s license and credit cards, and also left in the car was a secondary cellphone, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a press release. Using the “Find My iPhone” app, the owner tracked the vehicle to Bridgeport, and the following day it was found in that city with three flat tires and other damage, Krolikowski said.

Then at about 8:16 p.m. on Aug. 28, a Woodridge Drive resident reported that a 2020 McLaren GT was stolen from their four-car garage, the press release said. 

One of the doors of the garage had been left open and the sportscar was left unlocked with its keys inside, the chief said. Also inside were Bose headphones valued at $1,200 and Dave Clark headphones valued at $300, the report said. The vehicle had not been recovered as last week, Krolikowski said.

The chief reported to the Police Commission at the appointed body’s July meeting that through the first six months of the year, New Canaan had 21 larcenies from motor vehicles. The figure has since jumped to 30, Krolikowski said recently, along with at least 25 stolen vehicles. 

4 thoughts on “Police: McLaren and Nissan (with $10,000 Cash Inside) Reported Stolen from New Canaan Homes

  1. Who leaves $10,000 in their car? and overnight?
    And I can’t help thinking that unfortunately publicizing this type of occurrence may encourage thieves to try their luck even more in New Canaan. But really it’s up to us to be more careful with our valuables.

  2. Dear Heaven what kind of idiot would leave $10,000 in cash in a car — who would have that amt. of money in hand anyway ??? Wonders never cease

  3. Taking a McLaren is unusual. There are very few, which makes them hard to get rid of, and easy to spot. There’s also not much of a market for the parts, for the same reason. Parts in those type cars are generally engraved with a traceable number. Either the thief was a real pro, and knew where the car was garaged,, or the people living in that area are deaf The thing makes a lot of noise when you start it. You also have to know how to start it .Most people can’t. Not exactly the MO of our regular car thieves who randomly find open doors, with keys inside, then beat the daylights out of what they take while driving home to Bridgeport, and dumping them in a vacant lot.

  4. This car probably ended up in a container headed for Eastern Europe, South America who knows where within hours of it being taken

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