Bank Cards Used After Burglaries of Four Unlocked SUVs on Same Night


Four sport utility vehicles were entered overnight from Monday to Tuesday, April 12 to 13, victims told police.

Items, including credit cards, were taken from two, and a security camera showed a suspect at two more, around 2 a.m., police said.

Darien police gave these accounts of the incidents:

202 Middlesex Road

At 7:21 a.m., that Tuesday, a purse was reported abandoned on the side of the road on Edgerton Street. Police found that the purse belonged to a resident of 202 Middlesex Road.

She told police that the purse, was missing from her 2020 Acura MDX, which had been entered overnight. When returned by police, the purse was missing three credit cards and her driver’s license.

One of the woman’s credit cards had been used at a grocery store in Bridgeport at 5:56 a.m., and two more times at 6:22 and 6:24 a.m., apparently at gas stations (with unknown locations).

90 Brookside Road

An unlocked 2017 Mercedes GLS and 2006 Lexus RX were each entered overnight at 90 Brookside Road, police were told at about 12:47 p.m. The contents of both SUVs were disturbed but nothing taken. A security video showed a suspect entering each vehicle at about 2 a.m.

Cedargate Road

An unlocked 2017 Toyota 4Runner at 12 Cedargate Road was entered overnight, police were told at 9 p.m. the next evening. A pair of sunglasses was taken.

At the Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday morning, April 20, Police Chief Donald Anderson said vehicles left unlocked overnight continue to be a problem that residents could easily solve on their own by just locking up.

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On the back of Darien Police patrol cars: “Lock your car. every time. Everywhere.”

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Robin Bates-Mason, who gives of her time for the town’s Volunteer Shopping Program, visited Walter Stewart’s Market as usual one day last week. 

Picking up groceries for “her” designated senior, New Canaan’s Margaret Cooper, Bates-Mason found herself in JoAnn Shaughnessy’s lane. A cashier at Stewart’s for about two years, Shaughnessy recognized Cooper’s name. “She said, ‘Oh, hold on a sec, I just want to write her a message’ and ran over to get a marker,” Bates-Mason recalled. 

Shaughnessy wrote: “Hi Margaret. Hope you’re well.