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Trumbull police find pattern in recent crime spree

August 28, 2018 GMT

TRUMBULL - Police have uncovered a “recurring pattern” in a rash of overnight thefts from cars and stolen vehicles in town.

Last Friday, police said residents on Apple Orchard Lane and Oakridge Road found their vehicles had been gone through and items stolen during the evening.

In addition, a vehicle that had been stolen in Fairfield was found abandoned on Lobsterback Road later that same day. Another vehicle that had been stolen from Bridgeport, was also found on Inca Road.

“This recent crime spree has been a recurring pattern that is affecting the entire area,” Capt. Keith Golding said in a release Tuesday.

He said police believe the suspects are usually teenagers in a stolen vehicle, who travel in small groups into secluded neighborhoods during the late night and early morning hours.

“They stop and exit the vehicle, and prowl the neighborhood checking for unlocked vehicles, searching for items to steal,” Golding said. “When they come across a vehicle with a key left inside, they will often abandon the vehicle they came in and take the newly-found one.”

Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicle and never leave valuables and keys inside.

“Please report any suspicious activity as soon as possible to the Trumbull Police Department directly at (203) 261-3665, call 911 or via of its anonymous tip line on trumbull-ct.gov/policetips.