PLYMOUTH/GUILFORD, CT (WFSB) - A crash involving a stolen SUV in Plymouth Thursday night is linked to shoreline vehicle thefts along the shoreline.
Just after 6 p.m. Thursday, Plymouth police responded to a crash on South Main Street near Greystone Road.
When officers arrived, it was determined that one of the cars involved was a 2020 BMW X5 that had been reported stolen out of Madison.
The suspects had already fled.
That's when police had asked residents in the area to stay inside their homes as a precaution.
A search was conducted in the area, with the help from a Waterbury Police Department K9.
After several hours, the search was called off due to the weather and lighting conditions.
Police had told residents if they saw something suspicious to call 911.
One of the suspects was described as a tall, thin male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
On Thursday night, Guilford police said the suspects who stole the SUV are linked to burglaries and car thefts that have happened in their town, as well as Madison and Branford.
Earlier in the day on Thursday, Guilford police posted a photo of a suspect who walked into a home in Guilford, stole car keys and a car, among other items like credit cards, electronics, wallets, and more.
"These brazen criminals entered the Guilford home around 6am this morning. They did not care that the homeowners were home, that there was a dog in the house, or that it was daylight and they could be seen," Guilford police said in a post on Facebook.
A family hit by these brazen criminals spoke exclusively with Channel 3, saying they woke up to an awful surprise on Thursday morning. Their laptops, car, and keys were all gone.
It was around 6 a.m. when a family woke up to a sudden noise.
“I initially thought it was the garbage pick-up. I was half asleep and it didn't register with me that it wasn't the day for that,” one of the victims, who did not want to be identified, said.
It wasn't until an hour later that he went downstairs and found what really happened.
“Took all the car keys and right above that drawer, there was some computer equipment on it which they took. Some other computer equipment they ignored, but went into a closet nearby and got my wife's purse,” he said.
The homeowner is hoping the suspects get caught, but he isn't alone.
Another victim in nearby Madison had a car stolen.
Guilford police believe both incidents and the crash in Plymouth are all connected.
“We are doing as much as we can with the tools we are given, our patrols are very active. We have a lot of visibility patrol on the midnight shift when a lot of this incidents occur,” said Deputy Chief Guilford Police Christopher Massey.
It’s been uncommon, police say, for criminals to go inside homes for keys. So, whoever is caught could be facing burglary and larceny charges.
After the car thefts, the suspects went to Naugatuck where they used the stolen credit cards and then ditched two out of the three stolen cars in Waterbury.