Thieves targeting cars in Cheshire and Hamden

--FILE -- A Cheshire police cruiser


CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) — A warning for residents in Cheshire and Hamden after numerous car break-ins and auto thefts over the past few days.

“We just moved here. We love the neighborhood and absolutely did not think anything like this would be happening,” said Cathy, a Cheshire resident.

Cheshire police said late Monday night and early Tuesday morning a thief or thieves targeted three neighborhoods in the southern part of the town. Several cars were broken into near Brentwood Drive, Avon Boulevard, and Eastgate Drive. In total, four cars were stolen, one from a home where the garage door had been left open.

Neighbors quickly took to social media to spread the word.

“People were posting that people were missing cars, and other people were commenting that they found a car in their driveway and the make of the car, and it was unbelievable,” said Cathy.

In nearby Hamden, police said two similar cases happened on Tuesday night, but warn it is more than cars being hit.

“A lot of our stolen vehicles begin with someone breaking into someone’s home,” said Captain Ronald Smith.

In one Hamden home the thieves got in through an open window in the back of the house while the family was sleeping upstairs.

“Burglars are entering, forceably, entering these residences and they’re stealing a pocketbook which is left on a kitchen table which contains car keys,” said Captain Smith.

Police in both towns are trying to figure out who is behind the string of break-ins. No arrests have been made but Cheshire says they are following several leads.

In the meantime, police are urging residents to keep their car doors locked, remove all valuables from the vehicles and park in well lit areas. They say it also a good idea to invest in an alarm or anti-theft device.

Cathy says her neighborhood is considering a neighborhood watch. Last night she made sure exterior lights were on and will do the same from now.

“People are talking, all over the neighborhood and within the town. So, the word is out so hopefully that’ll make a difference and put a stop to these guys,” she said.

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