Vehicle break-ins might be related

Norwalk police investigating.
Cary Ashby
Dec 15, 2013

Police suspect three vehicle break-ins that happened recently may be related.

In the most recent complaint to the Norwalk Police Department, a North Foster Street resident reported someone broke the steering column on his 2006 Chevrolet truck. The victim discovered the damage about 9:30 a.m. Friday and reported it Sunday morning.

"The damage to the steering column was extensive and it was obvious someone was trying to steal it (the truck)," said Officer Chris Kelley in his report, noting the victim estimated the repair cost would be $1,000. "(The man) said he tried fixing the column with the help of a friend, but was unable to do so."

Police, who don't have any suspects, photographed the damage.

"They stripped the steering column to steal the vehicle. There's really no other reason to do such a thing," Capt. Mike Conney said.

"It's likely this incident is related to two other incidents that happened the same night," Kelley said.

The would-be victim reported seeing three male suspects trying to steal his truck at 50 Newton St. at 11:21 p.m. Thursday. Police said the trio fled the scene when the owner "spotted the males and chased them off."

"They weren't able to start the truck at the time because the battery was dead," Kelley wrote in his report.

The owner reported the suspects entered his truck while it was parked at his place of employment, according to the report. The man also reported the theft of his wallet, some loose change and some keys.

The third incident happened about 11:30 p.m. at 140 W. Main St.

Surveillance footage caught three suspects breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot. Police said the subjects smashed out the front passenger side window, stole a West Main Street resident's purse and discarded it in the back yard of 9 Cortland St.

Conney said officers weren't able to identify any of the suspects from the footage, but added "it could be" the same people.

When asked about how close each of the incidents are to each other, Conney said West Main location is close to one of the others, but said that doesn't mean the suspects couldn't have walked across town to commit the other crimes.