South Windsor police are warning residents to avoid leaving valuable items in their cars in plain view after an incident early Monday morning.
“We encourage everyone to remove valuable items from parked cars and secure the vehicle every time you park, closing all windows and locking all doors,” Sgt. Scott Custer wrote in a press release.
The warning came after South Windsor police were involved in the pursuit of two cars - both of them recently stolen - on Pleasant Valley Road early Monday morning.
The chase arose when police were dispatched to a condominium parking lot on Amato Drive at 2 a.m. Monday to look for suspicious persons, Custer wrote.
“The condominium parking lot was the scene of a vehicle burglary on Sunday Oct. 7 during which a gym bag containing an iPad and a men’s Breitling watch was stolen,” Custer wrote.
According to Custer, the officers saw two Honda sedans - one red, the other white - driving through a nearby condominium complex. When police attempted to stop the cars, neither vehicle stopped for the officer’s lights and siren and fled the area westbound on Pleasant Valley Road.
Police broke off the pursuit when it became unsafe to continue, according to Custer.
The suspects, Custer said, left the white Honda behind; it was later determined that it had been stolen from a New Britain resident. The red Honda Accord that officers briefly pursued had just been stolen from a resident of Amato Drive. Additionally, several vehicles had been broken into and the suspects stole a purse that had been left in a car.
“This type of crime has become more prevalent as motorists tend to leave valuable items in their cars in plain view,” Custer wrote.
Anyone with information about these vehicle thefts and/or car burglaries is asked to contact the South Windsor Police at 860-644-2551 or via our confidential tip line at 860-648-NABM(6226).