The theft of vehicles has become a pretty common occurrence in many cities and towns in Fairfield County.
During the early morning hours of Saturday, April 25, two Trumbull residents had their vehicles stolen from their driveways, as the vehicle theft trend continues throughout the area and state, said Trumbull Police Lt. Brian Weir.
The vehicles stolen over the weekend included a Honda Accord on George Street, Weir said.
The vehicle contained a variety of personal property, including credit cards, cash, jewelry, and a passport. During the late-night hours, the credit cards were used at a local business, before the resident realized that their vehicle had been stolen.
Later that same day, the Honda was recovered abandoned in Bridgeport, Weir said.
The second vehicle stolen was a Toyota Rav4 from a residence on Johnson Street, along with a wallet containing several credit cards and house keys, police said.
The car had been left unlocked with the valuables inside. This car was recovered two days later, also in Bridgeport.
In the past year, 21 vehicles have been stolen in Trumbull. Almost all of them were taken from private residences, where they had been left unlocked and the keys left inside, said Weir.
The thefts have occurred in all areas of town, on both main streets and quiet side roads.
In addition to the thefts, there have been more than 138 incidents of thefts from vehicles during the same one year period, he added.
"The vast majority of these involved cars that were parked in residential driveways, and all of which were left unlocked," Weir said. "In the most recent incidents, video footage captured from doorbell cameras showed the thieves walking in residential areas, and attempting to open car doors by pulling on the door handles. None of the locked vehicles were damaged, entered, or subject to any theft."
To avoid being victimized, police continue to stress that residents always lock their cars and remove the keys and key fobs.
Any information regarding the thefts, including video footage, should be forwarded to local police.
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