Greenwich Police: Larcenies from Unlocked Cars So Common, Some People Don’t Report Them

During Monday’s police briefing, run sheets listing police activity were peppered with a familiar “Larceny from M/V,” short for Larceny from Motor Vehicle.

Lt. Kraig Gray, Greenwich Police Department’s press information officer said that these crimes of opportunity add up.

Ten incidents of of Larceny from Motor Vehicles were reported in September. “All for very small amounts of cash and electronics,” Lt. Gray said.

“Close your windows. Lock your doors. Don’t leave change in the ash tray,” Gray advised. “It’s been so commonplace that a lot of people aren’t even calling the police.”

Lt. Gray said the thieves often operate in the overnight hours in residential neighborhoods, and that no part of town is immune.

Cars on Locust Street, Havemeyer Lane, Lockwood, Weaver Street and Palmer Hill Road have all been targeted.

“Lock your doors all the time, everywhere. Don’t leave valuables visible in the car,” Gray continued as reporters asked about a report of a wallet taken from a vehicle overnight at 18 Havemeyer Lane in Old Greenwich and a backpack taken from a car on Railroad Ave on Sept 15.