A 2015 Land Rover was stolen overnight Friday from a Country Club Road home and recovered in Waterbury around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

Ridgefield police said the vehicle was first reported missing at 10:49 a.m. Saturday, May 19. The homeowner told police the car was parked in the driveway with the keys left inside.

The car theft happened less than two weeks after police investigated a Jeep that was stolen from the Pamby’s lot on Danbury Road (Route 7). That vehicle was found abandoned near the dealership shortly after it was stolen.

It marks the fifth stolen car of 2018 — continuing a trend in increased criminal activity in town.

In 2016, two cars were stolen in Ridgefield. Last year, police reported 16 vehicles stolen.

Police said in November 2017 that they believed the rise in car thefts in Ridgefield was being caused by a gang of teenagers out of Waterbury who target unlocked cars in affluent towns.  

“Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to call the Ridgefield Police Department’s Detective Division at 203-431-2794 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 203-431-2345,” Capt. Jeff Kreitz said.