With their eyes affixed on the youth soccer on the field Sunday, dozens of people did not notice a pair of thieves breaking into their cars.
The men, slinking from cover to cover, broke into several cars at the Elm Ridge Park about 3:30 p.m. as tournament play was underway, police said.
A dashboard camera captured clear images of the thieves checking vehicles and later breaking a window to get into one to snatch a purse, police said.
Other cars were burglarized, too, police said.
“They seemed to go after bags, purses and backpacks,” Sgt. Steve Morgan said Thursday.
The thefts Sunday come at a time when police departments across Connecticut are reporting a rash of car break-ins. Most break-ins happen at night or early in the morning while the owner of the vehicles are asleep.
Rocky Hill has seen its fair share of overnight break-ins and thefts, Morgan said, but this was different.
“A, it’s daytime, B, it’s crowded and C, the door was locked and broken,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Rocky Hill Police Department, 860-258-7640.