Stamford Advocate

New Canaan PD: Stolen car recovered

- By Tara O'Neill

NEW CANAAN — The town’s police chief is again pleading with residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables after several incidents throughout the day Wednesday.

Chief Leon Krolikowsk­i urged residents to always lock their vehicles and take the keys with them. He said valuables should never be left in vehicles, noting that identity theft often occurs when credit cards and a driver’s license are stolen.

He said the most recent reports started coming in Wednesday morning.

At 11:10 a.m., a St. Johns Place resident called police headquarte­rs to report her neighbor’s vehicle had a shattered passenger-side window, Krolikowsk­i said. Officers arrived to find the vehicle unlocked and the key fob on the center console, he said.

A minute after that individual called, another resident showed up at the police station to report a larceny from a motor vehicle parked at Irwin Park. Krolikowsk­i said the vehicle was locked but the windows were slightly open. He said credit and debit cards were taken, as well as $95 in cash.

Then, at 7:22 p.m., officers responded to a Hillcrest Road home for a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the homeowner’s lawn since the early morning hours. Krolikowsk­i said officers found that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Booton, N.J. Officers found two credit cards in the vehicle that did not belong to the owner, who also said they did not recognize the name on the cards, Krolikowsk­i said.

Police also got a call that day from a resident in Port Chester, N.Y., who reported that items taken from a stolen vehicle were found in New Canaan. Krolikowsk­i said the vehicle was stolen from a Port Chester home. He said it’s not clear how the items from that stolen vehicle ended up in New Canaan.

The chief encouraged residents to send in anonymous tips to police by downloadin­g the MYPD applicatio­ns on iPhone and Androids. Once downloaded, search New Canaan.

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