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.