WESTON, Conn. — Weston residents should take steps to avoid becoming the victims of car thieves, Interim Police Chief Matthew Brodacki warned in a Facebook post.
He called this "new criminal trend," the latest crime of opportunity that can have consequences far beyond just the stolen car.
"Kids are loading up in one or two stolen cars and coming to Fairfield County towns to steal vehicles with the keys left in them, or to steal the contents of the vehicle," Brodacki said.
"Greenwich recently had eight cars stolen within a half-hour, and one ended in a vehicle sliding off the roadway as they tried to get onto the highway at reckless speeds," he said.
Another car, a BMW SUV, stolen from a New Canaan home was used in a crime spree in Trumbull and Bridgeport. That case ended with a police pursuit on Route 25 — and the arrest of five teenagers from Hartford and Waterbury.
"Please lock your vehicles at night, and report suspicious vehicle traffic if you notice something unusual between the hours of midnight and dawn," Brodacki told Weston residents.
If you have a burglary or a vehicle ransacked, call police so the crime scene can be processes for evidence, he said.
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