Police last week received three reports of vehicles stolen from residents’ homes, officials say.
Two of the thefts were reported Thursday morning, including a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in a Main Street driveway that had been left unlocked with its key fob inside, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski.
Reported stolen at 8:56 a.m., that SUV was found about one hour later on Oak Street near Main, Krolikowski said in a press release.
“Detectives arrived on scene and processed the vehicle for evidence,” he said.
In 2021, police received 39 reports of stolen cars in New Canaan, up from 27 the prior year, according to data shared at the Jan. 19 Police Commission meeting.
Also on Jan. 20, police received a report of a 2016 Audi Q5 stolen from a Seminary Street residence, Krolikowski said in the press release. The SUV was later seen in Ansonia, police said.
Earlier in the week, at about 7:13 a.m. Tuesday, police received a call from the owner of a 2021 BMW X5 that the SUV had been stolen from their driveway, Krolikowski said in the report. According to a police log, the reported theft occurred on North Wilton Road.
“The owner reported that the vehicle was locked and the two key fobs were not in the vehicle,” Krolikowski said in the press release. “The vehicle’s tracking technology showed it was in New Haven, CT in the Long Wharf area.”
The chief urged residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and to lock them.