Chief: Stolen Vehicles in New Canaan on Pace to Nearly Double in 2021

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.

SUV Stolen from Old Studio Road Home; Cash Stolen from Car Parked at Country Club

Police say another vehicle—a Mercedes SUV left unlocked in an open garage, keys inside—was reported stolen this past weekend from a New Canaan residence. 

Officers received a report at about 8:33 a.m. Sunday regarding the 2014 Mercedes ML350 on Old Studio Road, according to a press release issued by Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. A wallet with $500 in it, credit card and golf clubs valued at $1,000 had been left inside the SUV, Krolikowski said. Another unlocked vehicle in the same driveway had been entered though nothing was reported stolen from it, he said. Last Friday at about 11:27 a.m.,, police received a complaint from a New Canaan resident that their car had been entered while parked in the lot at the Country Club of New Canaan, the press release said. A credit card, $700 to $800 in cash, sterling silver credit card holder and Florida driver’s license all were stolen from a purse within the vehicle, according to Krolikowski.

Police Commissioner Urges New Canaan Residents To Remove Valuables from Vehicles, Lock Up

As car thefts continue to rise in New Canaan, the head of the Police Commission last week urged residents to lock up and ensure valuables are removed from parked vehicles both at home and in public places. Despite the upward trend, “people continue to leave their keys in their cars,” Commission Chair Paul Foley said during the appointed body’s June 16 meeting, held via videoconference. “They continue to leave bags and valuables on the front seats, back seats, visible,” Foley said. “Windows aren’t being broken as I understand—except in the parks, if they leave a bag in the parks, the windows have been smashed. Again, none of these perpetrators are townspeople, that we know of.

Unlocked Mercedes, Keys and $150,000 of Items Inside, Stolen from New Canaan Driveway

A Mercedes and BMW were reported stolen last week from driveways on a short dead-end street opposite the Country Club of New Canaan, police said. At about 11:33 a.m. on June 2, officers were dispatched to a Brookwood Lane home to investigate a report of a stolen BMW X5, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a press release. The vehicle was locked, according to the owner, who was unsure whether the keys were in the vehicle, the release said. Inside the vehicle were car seats, dry cleaning, kid’s toys, a tool kit and a pair of sneakers, it said. The BMW was recovered at 3:39 p.m. that day at an Interstate 95 rest area in Fairfield, according to Krolikowski.