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Police: Credit Cards Stolen From Darien Car Used In Hartford

Darien police warn residents to always lock their cars and remove all items of value.
Darien police warn residents to always lock their cars and remove all items of value. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue, file

DARIEN, Conn. -- Credit cards taken from an unlocked car parked in a Darien driveway were used to purchase more than $1,200 worth of items in Hartford, according to police.

The car was parked in the owner's driveway on Raiders Lane when it was entered sometime between 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 18, police said.

The owner of the car did not know it had been entered until receiving a call from her credit card company about unusual activity, police said. She then checked her car and realized that her purse had been taken, police said.

The purse, a $150 Ralph Lauren bag, contained four credit cards, along with the owner's license and $80 in cash, police said. Three of the credit cards were used to make fraudulent purchases in the Hartford area, totaling $1,212.92, police said.

That same night, another car on Old Kings Highway South was entered and credit cards were also stolen, police said. The credit cards were used to make purchases in the Hartford and Windsor area, through more information on the transactions was unavailable, police said.

Numerous thefts from unlocked cars around town have occurred in recent months, police said. Last week, police arrested Joel Mackinnon of Stamford and charged him with breaking into eight unlocked cars in the area of Patton Drive.

Officers are currently investigating other break-ins to see whether they have a connection to Mackinnon, and said that more charges are likely forthcoming, police said.

Police said the thefts on Raiders Lane and Old Kings Highway South do not appear to be connected to Mackinnon, but remain under investigation. Police are reminding all residents to lock their cars and remove all valuable items.

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