A car that was stolen from the driveway of a Mead Ridge Road home during the overnight hours between Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3, was found in Stratford after a car accident on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said the vehicle, a 2018 Lexus R35, was stolen after the keys were left inside the car. The incident was first reported to police at 5:58 a.m. Friday.
The Stratford Police Department arrested two juveniles who were in the car at the time, according to Kreitz. He said Ridgefield detectives are working with Stratford police, but have not identified where the two juveniles are from.
Kreitz said the Ridgefield Police Department also recovered a 2017 Toyota Camry in town after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle on Monday, Aug. 6, at 6:51 a.m.
“It was discovered that that vehicle [the Camry] was reported stolen out of Stratford,” Kreitz told The Press. He said police believe the thieves used the car to travel to Ridgefield to steal the Lexus from Mead Ridge Road.
The overnight theft bears a similarity to the methods of a group of thieves from Waterbury, who target unlocked cars in affluent communities where the keys are left inside the vehicle.
It is the sixth stolen car reported in 2018. Last year, Ridgefield police responded to 16 incidents of stolen vehicles.
Kreitz said the same night three other cars parked in a neighboring driveway were rummaged through “in the same time frame,” though the owners believe nothing was taken.
Police reminded residents to lock their cars and remove any valuables, as well as their car keys.
Police recommended a nightly 9 p.m. security checklist, including:
- Car doors locked.
- Valuables removed from car.
- Garage doors closed and locked.
- Home doors closed and locked.
Anyone with information about the car theft or break-ins should call the Ridgefield Police Department at 203-438-6531.