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Larceny From Vehicle Prompts Police to Issue Tips

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, police say the theft is a reminder of the need to protect personal belongings.


A 59-year-old Southbury woman only stepped out of her vehicle to run into the post office for a minute on Dec. 7. That minute was just long enough for someone to snatch her purse from the front passenger's seat, according to police.

The larceny, which police are continuing to investigate, reportedly took place at 3 p.m. that day when the woman parked in front of the building. The purse contained typical items like an ID and credit cards, police said, but no estimate of its value was provided by police. Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call Southbury Police Department at 203-264-5912.

The theft comes as the holiday shopping season is in full swing — when people often have valuables in their vehicles — so police are reminding residents to take extra precautions to protect their belongings. The tips they offered are:

  • Valuables and holiday gifts should not be left in plain view inside vehicles (whether the doors are locked or not).
  • It is good practice to lock parked cars even when only exiting for short periods of time.
g December 13, 2012 at 05:12 PM
A lot of trash seems to be coming to southbury
Pgmr9 December 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM
build more, keep adding stores, etc. soon Southbury will be like Newtown/Danglebury/Waterbury
John Bear December 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The sad thing on this particular story is it was a spur of the moment crime of opportunity and they will find out this one was a Southbury resident. People from other towns don't camp out in post offices. They go to busy shopping centers and such. If the post office has cameras I am sure they have this person on camera. I hope the person that did this can't sleep at night and their conscious eats at them until they grow a heart and turn themselves in.

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