Trumbull Police are warning residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables after two were stolen and more than a dozen were burglarized over the weekend.
The department said they are continuing to investigate the thefts from vehicles that occurred while the cars were parked overnight in residential driveways and other instances where cars were stolen from those same areas.
According to the department, on Saturday, March 16, more than a dozen Trumbull residents of the Long Hill area found that their vehicles had been gone through and items stolen during the overnight hours.
Most of the vehicles were left unlocked, and a few had the keys left inside. Two vehicles were stolen during this time but were later recovered in Fairfield.
One vehicle was found abandoned, while the other was occupied by three juveniles and one adult, who were then arrested and charged with the vehicle theft.
The department said the recent crime spree has been a recurring pattern that is affecting the entire area. Police believe the suspects, usually, teenagers in a stolen vehicle, travel in small groups into secluded neighborhoods during the late night and early morning hours.
They stop and exit the vehicle, and prowl around a neighborhood checking for unlocked vehicles, searching for items to steal. When they come across a vehicle with a key left inside, they will often abandon the vehicle they came in and take the newly found one.
Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity as soon as possible to the Trumbull Police Department directly at 203-261-3665, or 911.
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