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Middletown police warn residents to lock their doors after rash of thefts

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The Middletown Police Department is investigating a rash of items being stolen from motor vehicles throughout the city.

Police said they received emergency calls from eight people about thefts from cars on Tuesday morning.

The investigators said the “areas of concern” were Westlake and Birchwood drives. This area has several apartment complexes and has become an appealing area for thieves. Extra police patrols will be in those areas this week.

Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles and make sure keys are not left inside them. Officers said items of value should not be left in clear view.

Drivers should not leave their vehicles unattended while warming up the car. 

"I had no idea. I didn't say anything. I didn't do anything," Jason Patelli, of Middletown, said. "I was speechless."

Since it was cold Tuesday morning, Patelli said he thought it would be good idea to warm up his car at the Brooke Apartment Complex. 

 "I heard a car revving. I come outside and there's two guys in my car," Patelli said. "As soon as they see me they get out and get in their cars and leave."

While the two men didn't get away with his car, Patelli said they did take his keys.

"My car is a manual and by the looks of it they tried to put it in reverse and couldn't figure out how," Patelli said. "So they actually drove my car forward into the parking spot and cracked the bumper."

Patelli was not the only victim on Tuesday morning, police said.

A Nissan Rogue was stolen at Town Brook and police said a silver mini-van with Massachusetts license plates seen following it.

Police received a call that a silver vehicle was see dropping off six people in the area of Ridgewood Road and Town Place. The people were then see trying to open vehicle doors. 

Police said two vehicles on Birchwood Drive were “rummaged through," but nothing was stolen from the owner.

A vehicle that was reported stolen by its owner was also found abandoned on Hemlock Place. The vehicle had mechanical problems and that could have been why it was abandoned. 

Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call the Middletown Police Department at 860-638-4000.

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