Police are investigating a local series of connected vehicle thefts, break-ins and subsequent recoveries.
“We think that they are all related. We do have evidence from a couple of the incidents that connect two of them together,” Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp said.
A vehicle stolen Dec. 21 from Adams Street was found Tuesday in Milan. Hipp said the Milan area was near where a silver 2002 Ford Explorer was stolen and then seen this week on Cline Street.
About 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, a resident reported seeing the Explorer traveling on Cline Street and later, parked at the rear of a nearby residence, according to a report.
Later that morning, two North Pleasant Street residents who live near each other reported a vehicle break-in and the theft of a maroon 1999 Dodge Caravan. A police report indicates the break-in victim reported the theft of several items, including a MIO MOOV GPS system, from her 2007 Jeep Patriot at 6:40 a.m.
Hipp said the Dodge minivan and Patriot were in “the same basic parking lot, but (were on) different ends.”
The Caravan was located in Monroeville about 5 a.m.
Also Wednesday morning, residents on Anna Drive, off Washington Street, and Whittlesey Avenue reported someone rummaged through their vehicles, Hipp said, but nothing was taken.
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to call the Norwalk Police Department at (419) 668-3311 or (419) 663-6780.