New Canaan is on pace to see about 50 stolen vehicles this year, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, a figure that would nearly double the total of 27 from 2020. The chief told members of the Police Commission at their regular meeting last week the he’s “hoping that levels off.”
“And we are working with some of our state legislators and the state itself, there are some promises of money to create a task force to go after these folks that are stealing the vehicles,” Krolikowski said during the meeting, held July 26 via videoconference. “I have been speaking with our state’s attorney to see what legally we can do, specifically with respect to investigations,” he continued. “And it’s challenging because if someone steals a car and dumps the car somewhere, merely because their DNA or a fingerprint is found in the car, does not necessarily equate to a crime being committed, so it’s challenging in that regard. And we are not sure yet whether our lab is going to process these presumably hundreds of vehicles that get stolen across Connecticut, if they are going to process the evidence related to that, meaning DNA or fingerprints.