New Canaan police are looking for three people who are suspected of hitting a police cruiser while fleeing from authorities.
The incident started on Oct. 13 at the Ralph Lauren at 51 Elm St. Because of several larcenies reported there, an off-duty was stationed there and saw two men and a woman described from prior thefts.
There was also a gray Acura with stolen Connecticut registration AR-37641 parked in a no-parking zone in front of the story, police said.
In past thefts from the store, a driver has stayed in a vehicle parked in the no-parking zone in front of the store while two others go inside, take several items, then get into the waiting vehicle and flee, according to police.
Police said a man and a woman got out of the car while another man stayed behind.
As the female approached the store, she saw the officer and immediately went back to the car.
The male did go into the store. When the officer spoke with him, he abruptly left and went back to the car and the driver sped off on Elm Street toward Park Street, police said.
The off-duty officer requested officers assist and an officer who was traveling west on Cherry Street, approaching the intersection of Park Street, saw the Acura turn onto Cherry Street from Park Street at a high rate of speed. The suspect’s vehicle proceeded to drive straight at the police vehicle at a high rate of speed, police said. Despite the officer’s attempt to turn away, the officer’s vehicle was struck by the vehicle.
The suspect then drove onto the sidewalk in front of St. Aloysius, hit a sign, drove onto the grass in front of the church and continued going, police said.
Soon after, a resident on Hillside Avenue reported that a vehicle was parked in their driveway, running, and no one was inside.
The suspects had been seen running toward Forest Street and area department K-9s searched, but did not find the people they were looking for.
Police continued to investigate the incidents at Ralph Lauren and encourage anyone with information to call Sgt. Romano of the Investigative Section at 203-594-3523.