A group of car thieves fled officers early Wednesday after going through unlocked cars — and stealing one — in Rocky Hill neighborhoods, police said. One suspect nearly rammed police cars as he sped toward them.
No one was injured in the series of events that started shortly before 2 a.m. with a call from a resident, police said.
The citizen reported that some people were trying to burglarize cars on Partridge Drive, off Orchard Street, a main route in the northern half of town, Lt. Brian Klett said. Arriving officers spotted a vehicle that made them suspicious and tried to pull it over.
The car — which turned out to have been stolen in Meriden — sped away, almost ramming responding patrol cars. Police chased the stolen car but called off the pursuit because the driver was operating recklessly, Klett said.
Believing there were additional thieves in the area, officers went back to Partridge Drive and called in a dog from the state police, he said. While the police dog tracked the suspect’s scent, a resident in a nearby neighborhood called police to say that a vehicle had just been stolen from a driveway on Bailey Road, police said. Police were unable to find either stolen car or suspect.
Anyone who has information about the thefts is asked to call Officer DeNovellis at 860-258-7640 or by email at NDenovellis@Rockyhillct.gov
Residents also should call the routine line or 911 if they see anything out of place in their neighborhoods, Klett said.
Connecticut has been plagued by car burglaries and thefts, and most wouldn’t happen if people took their keys and fobs with them and locked their car doors, he said. None of these thieves are hot wiring cars.
“They’re just opening your door and taking your keys and driving away with it,” Klett said.