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Cops Warn About Unlocked Cars

After leaving her car for just a second, a Norwalk woman returned to find a stranger sitting in it with her children. That, and other incidents, has prompted Norwalk Police to make a plea: Lock your car.

"Don't leave your car doors unlocked," said Sgt. Lisa Cotto. "Don't leave valuables in plain view. Lock everything up in your trunk, but don't have it in the car."

The shocking incident about children in a car was reported Monday. A woman who lives on Golden Hill Road put her autistic 8-year-old son and her 8-month-old daughter in her car, then realized she had forgotten her cell phone. She ran back into her home and when she returned a man was sitting in the front seat. She screamed and he ran off with her purse.

Similarly, a resident of Wilton Avenue reported that she had left the doors of her car open. When she returned 10 minutes later a man was sitting in her car. She screamed. Seconds later, her brother came out and the man ran off with a limp.

In another incident, a man said a GPS and $100 cash had been taken from his car, which had been unlocked and parked on Third Street. Also reported Monday was a theft from an unlocked car on Hollow Tree Road. The thief took a bag containing a check book and the vehicle's registration.

A resident of Cottage Street flagged down a passing police vehicle to report that things had been taken from her family's vehicles, which had been parked behind their house. Missing from the unlocked vehicles was an Ipod, $15 in cash and an $221 check made out to someone else.

A resident of Teirney Street said her vehicle had been locked when thieves took a backpack from it, but police could see no sign of forced entry.

"Even when you're parked in your own driveway, lock your cars," Cotto said. "Most of our car burglaries are unlocked cars."

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