Ridgefield detectives are still investigating a spate of stolen cars and vehicle burglaries that have plagued Ridgefield for the past two years. Maj. Steve Brown of the Ridgefield Police Department said that detectives are consulting with police in the \u201cmany other towns\u201d experiencing car thefts. Police believe the thefts are the work of thieves based out of the Waterbury area. Brown said that whenever other departments make an arrest in a stolen car case, the town\u2019s detectives will often try to find any physical evidence linking the suspect to thefts in Ridgefield. They also interview the suspect to look for any links. Cars stolen from Ridgefield that are recovered by police are processed for fingerprints and any other evidence. Brown said that effort has not yet resulted in any arrests. \u201cThe vehicles tend to be used in other crimes and then abandoned,\u201d Brown said, adding that the most common crime is using stolen credit cards to make purchases. \u201cThey\u2019ll do it very quickly and then dump everything and move on,\u201d he said. The cars are occasionally vandalized when they are abandoned. Most of the people who have been arrested in cases of stolen cars are typically young, many of them minors, he added. He admitted that could be a purposeful tactic by the thieves, since juvenile offenses typically carry lighter sentences than crimes committed by adults. \u201cThe scary thing is some of the suspects have engaged other departments in pursuits,\u201d Brown said. \u201cThat gets risky.\u201d Ridgefield officers are generally allowed to pursue if they believe the suspect might present a greater danger if they escape, Brown said. \u201cOfficers have to weigh the danger to everyone involved,\u201d he said \u201cand make really quick decisions about whether or not to pursue.\u201d Swastikas The police are also still investigating at least one of the multiple incidents of swastika vandalism around town. For the past two years, swastikas have been found painted, drawn, and carved in various places around town \u2014 including the fence and stage at Ballard Park, picnic tables at Ballard Green, and on the entrance signs at the Aldrich Museum and Masonic Lodge on Main Street. Brown said the police have an open investigation on at least one of the incidents. \u201cSome of them seem to be separate incidents,\u201d Brown told The Press. \u201cWe\u2019re bothered by it and we certainly want it to stop.\u201d Anyone with information about either investigation should call the department\u2019s headquarters at 203-438-6531, or the anonymous tip line at 203-431-2345.