On December 30, 2017 at approximately 8:45 PM officers from the Ridgefield Police Department responded to the parking lot of 46 Danbury Road for the report of a stolen motor vehicle. The complainant advised officers that he had parked his vehicle and left it running while he went into a local business. A short time later the complainant observed a male in his 20’s drive off with his vehicle. The vehicle was a 2016 BMW X5 and left the parking lot traveling north on Danbury Rd. An officer in the area observed the stolen vehicle traveling on Danbury Road in the vicinity of Tanton Hill Road and attempted to make a traffic stop. The operator of the stolen vehicle failed to stop and began passing vehicles at a high rate of speed at which time the officer discontinued the pursuit. The stolen vehicle was later located abandoned in Waterbury.
On December 30, 2017 at approximately 9:15 PM an officer was dispatched to the Gulf station located at 115 Danbury Road for a vehicle that had been left running and unattended for an extended period of time. Upon arrival at the gas station, the officer determined that the vehicle in question, a 2013 Ford Edge, was previously reported stolen out of Newington. We believe that this vehicle was left by the individual who stole the BMW at 46 Danbury Road.
Throughout this past year vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles have been a widespread problem throughout the state. We would like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables to include the keys. Furthermore please do not leave your vehicle running and unattended. In this last incident the vehicle operator took the smart key from the vehicle, however, the thief was still able to drive the car. Remember to be vigilant and report all suspicious activity.