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New Canaan Police Chief Blames Waterbury Gangs For Rash Of Car Thefts

New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski
New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski Photo Credit: File

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — A spree of cart thefts and break-ins reported in town are the work of suspected gang members from Waterbury, Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski said Monday. 

And many towns in Fairfield County are experiencing similar crimes from the same gang, he said.

Krolikowski issued his statement after three vehicles were stolen and one was entered over the weekend.

On Saturday, two vehicles — a 2017 Mercedes E400 and a 2017 Acura RDX — were stolen from the driveway of a home on Forest Street, he said. 

Both vehicles had been left unlocked with the keys inside, he said. And both vehicles were recovered in Waterbury.

On Sunday, a 2015 Infiniti QX60 was stolen from the driveway of a residence on Weed Street, Krolikowski said. It had also been left unlocked with the keys inside, he said.

Also, an unlocked 2009 Audi A4 was entered on Old Kings Highway, but nothing was stolen, he said.

These incidents occurred during the early morning hours, Krolikowski said.

The chief urged residents to follow these tips:

  • Never leave the keys to your home or car inside a vehicle or in a place where a thief can find them. Do not leave the valet key, key fob or garage door opener inside your vehicle.
  • At night, keep the perimeter of your home and driveway well lit. Low energy lighting switched on and off by photoelectric sensors is a cost-effective way to discourage criminals.
  • Lock all doors, garage doors and windows of your car and home when you leave, day or night, even for a short time. If you have a garage, put your car in it and lock/alarm the car and the garage. All of the thefts from vehicles and vehicle thefts that occur in New Canaan involve unlocked vehicles.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle. Often, identity theft occurs when driver's licenses and credit cards are stolen.
  • Activate your home and car alarm systems. Many crimes are committed in houses or cars that have alarm systems that were not activated.

Be connected and send anonymous tips to the New Canaan Police Department by downloading the “MYPD” application in the iPhone or Android marketplace. After downloading the app, search for “New Canaan” and get connected.

For more information, call the New Canaan Police Department at 203-594-3500.

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