TRUMBULL, Conn. — A recent rash of car break-ins has Trumbull police warning residents to lock it, or lose it.
According to Chief Michael Lombardo, officers have arrested “three separate groups of individuals,” some of whom were using a stolen car and planned to break into others.
Trumbull police are working with other departments to track down additional suspects, Lombardo said.
Residents may think it’s safe to leave their cars unlocked in certain areas or at certain times of the day, but that’s not true, the police chief said.
Many of the early morning thefts occurred from cars and trucks parked in “safe” residential neighborhoods, he said.
Thieves are looking for low-hanging fruit and are unlikely to risk making noise while breaking into a locked car, Lombardo added.
Grabbing personal property is one thing, but the crime can be compounded if the thief illegally uses the victim’s credit card, he said.
Some residents have reported thefts when they had only left their vehicles for a brief period of time.
Lombardo also reminded residents and businesses to set their alarms, display alarm placards, illuminate their homes and buildings and clip shrubbery so would-be burglars have no place to hide.