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Police: Landscaping Truck With Gun In It Stolen In Darien

Darien police are investigating the theft of a truck and a gun in Darien last week. The truck has been recovered, but the gun and other items are still missing.
Darien police are investigating the theft of a truck and a gun in Darien last week. The truck has been recovered, but the gun and other items are still missing. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue, file

DARIEN, Conn. -- A landscaping truck with a loaded gun in it was stolen in Darien last week, according to police. The truck was recovered, but the gun and other items in the truck were still missing.

The Ford F350 was reported stolen from the driveway of a home on Brookside Road on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 8, police said. The owner, a 60-year-old Stamford man, was doing landscaping work at the house when it was taken, police said. He told police that he last saw the truck at 11 a.m.

A housekeeper who was also working there told police that at 1 p.m. a white van pulled into the property and drove back out about two minutes later. About two minutes after that, she saw that truck drive away, police said.

She didn't say anything because she thought the landscaper had driven the truck away himself, police said. When it was discovered that the truck had in fact been stolen, police were called.

The truck had been unlocked with the keys left inside, police said. Also inside was a loaded 9mm Beretta, which had been left in a bag behind the driver's seat, police said.

There were several other items in the truck, including a backpack leaf blower, two weed trimmers, an airsoft rifle, shovels, picks and various other tools, police said.

The truck was recovered in New Canaan the next day. A New Canaan resident called police and notified them that the truck had been parked on Wahackme Road since 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Police said that the keys were still in the ignition of the truck, but the gun and tools were all missing.

The matter remains under police investigation.

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