In the week before Christmas, mail was removed from some Darien mailboxes near the New Canaan border at about the same time as packages were switched among doorsteps of different homes in that town, according to police departments in both towns.
It is not known whether or not the incidents are linked. The New Canaan incidents occurred about three or four miles away from the ones in Darien.
In Darien, report on Thursday, Dec. 20
Here's what Darien police say about the incidents in this town:
At about 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, a Talmadge Hill Road resident told police he found 14 pieces of mail in a wooded area on the side of the road near his house. (The south side of the road is in Darien; the north side, New Canaan.)
All of the mail was addressed to homes on Talmadge Hill Road, Sherry Lane and Hollow Tree Ridge Road—houses that were relatively close to each other and near the Darien-New Canaan border near the Talmadge Hill Railroad Station.
Five of the 14 pieces of mail had been opened, and the nine that weren't opened were stamped, outgoing mail.
Police believe the mail was removed from mailboxes within a day or two of the report. The incident remains under investigation and the mail was turned over to the Darien Post Office for delivery. The U.S. postal inspector's office was notified, as well.
In New Canaan, Thursday, Dec. 20
The New Canaan incidents involved packages as well as letters. Here's what New Canaan police say about the incidents in that town:
Police there have received reports of holiday parcels and flats disappearing from doorsteps and mailboxes, particularly in the Canoe Hill Road neighborhood, New Canaan Police have advised residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
Some of the missing items have been turning up on other people's properties. For example on Thursday, Dec. 20, a resident of Brookwood Lane reported that she found an application for a major credit card in her mailbox that was addressed to a Canoe Hill Road resident.
In addition she found an empty package next to her mailbox addressed to a Devonwood Lane resident that, according to the packing slip inside, had contained a pair of blue jeans worth $72.
Police said the resident contacted the addressee of the jeans parcel and learned that she had in fact ordered a pair of jeans that had never arrived. The resident then reported the discovery to police.
Wednesday, Dec. 19, Parade Hill Road
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, a resident of Parade Hill Road in New Canaan reported that a package which had been delivered to his house had been swiped by a male suspect.
The resident reported that the package had been delivered to his porch the previous day—however around 10:38 p.m. the man's son observed what appeared to be a thin black male wearing a white hood, dark pants and white sneakers walking away with the package in the front yard.
Police said the suspect was captured on the home's video surveillance system.
New Canaan Police have informed the USPS and are investigating.