Greenwich Police report that three more cars were stolen, as the rash of car thefts extended through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Between Wednesday, Nov 22 and Sunday, Nov 26 three 3 vehicles were stolen from Greenwich driveways over the holiday weekend. 22 and 26. None of the three Thanksgiving thefts have been recovered.
According to Lt Slusarz the keys were left in all the vehicles, and all had been left unlocked.
On Nov 24 a 2017 Hundai Santa Fe was reported from stolen from a residence on Florence Rd.
On Nov 25, a 2016 Mazda CX9 was reported stolen from Jackson Street.
Nov 25 a 2015 Audi A6 was reported stolen from Ridge Rd in Cos Cob.
Slusarz said that during the same five day holiday period (Wednesday before Thanksgiving, through Sunday) there were 0 vehicle thefts in Greenwich in 2016.
“Since earlier this year we’ve seen this increase of people coming down to this area – including Darien, Stamford, New Canaan and Ridgefield – and taking cars from people who leave their keys in their cars and doors unlocked,” Slusarz said.
“These are crimes of opportunity,” Slusarz continued. “They’re coming down looking for keys unlocked with keys in them. Lock you car and take your keys and your car will be there in the morning.”
Slusarz said that over the holiday, Greenwich Police upped their presence and intensified enforcement of motor vehicle laws, stopping cars that run stop signs, targeting seat belt violators and stopping cars that don’t have headlights illuminated.
“We’re trying to interdict them before they get to town. We have a lot of officers out there,” Slusarz said.
In 2016, over the Thanksgiving 5 day holiday period Wednesday through Sunday, Greenwich Police conducted 62 motor vehicle stops, compared to this year’s 150 stops.