Wallingford police are joining the chorus of local police departments warning drivers to lock their vehicles due to ongoing thefts throughout the state.
Wallingford police said they’ve received numerous complaints of thefts from and thefts of vehicles throughout town. Most thefts occur in the late evening or overnight. Suspects target vehicles that are unlocked and have keys inside.
Most stolen vehicles are located in Hamden, Hartford, or New Haven, police said. In some cases arrests were made. The accused are usually male teenagers ranging in age of 15 to 18, according to police.
Police said Sunday evening two juveniles and an 18-year-old suspect were arrested at the Oakdale Theatre for entering unlocked cars. The group waited until visitors were inside the theatre then hit the parking lot.
Wallingford police have increased patrols in neighborhoods and stress how important it is to lock cars and secure valuables out of sight. Suspicious activity should be reported to police.