Car stolen on Barrack Hill Road Monday
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story said that there were two additional car break-ins Monday night. A third attempted robbery has been reported to The Press and the story has been updated to reflect that information.
A car was stolen from the driveway of a Barrack Hill Road home in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 27.
According to Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz, the car was stolen sometime between 2:40 a.m. and 3:15 a.m.
The car, a 2013 Audi S5, was later recovered that same day around 4:30 p.m. by the side of Route 8 in Waterbury with a flat tire and a damaged rim.
The 21-year-old owner of the vehicle told The Press he was surprised the thieves had managed to steal the car without waking him up.
“The thing is loud, and I mean, I sleep right next to where the car’s parked, so I don’t know how they didn’t spook everyone,” he said.
The car owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said he reported the theft to the police at 8:30 a.m. In that call, he noted that the car had an aftermarket exhaust, which would have made starting the car very noticeable.
The car owner told The Press that police mentioned the theft matched the method of operation of a Waterbury group that has stolen cars throughout Fairfield County.
“They must have rolled it out the driveway,” he said, speculating that the thieves seemed to be professionals.
He said the cost of the damage to the car totaled more than $10,000.
The thieves stole several items from the car, including a watch and a wallet.
Detectives dusted the car for fingerprints as part of the investigation, the car owner said.
He said no other items were stolen from the other cars in the driveway, as all the other vehicles were locked.
Three more attempts
Capt. Kreitz said thieves also attempted to enter three other cars during the same timeframe — one car located on Oak Knoll Road, and two more on Armand Road.
In three cases, the thief — or thieves — fled the scene once they realized the cars were locked.
The Barrack Hill theft brings the total number of cars stolen in Ridgefield to 15 this year.
“Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to please contact the Ridgefield Police Department's Detective Division at 203-431-2794,” said Kreitz. “As a reminder please remember to lock your vehicles and remove all valuables.”