About 3:45am Tuesday morning police responded to reports of a car crashed into a tree on Dean Road in East Lyme.
Witnesses say they saw two people running from the cars which hit each other. One hit a tree; the other took out a mailbox.
“[We] quickly ran the vehicles and found that they had been stolen from other municipalities,” said East Lyme Police Chief Michael Finkelstein.
That chase early Monday morning was caught on dash cam video.
Old Saybrook police arrested one person, and during the search for a second suspect they learned of a second stolen car described as a White Dodge Hellcat.
After reaching highway speeds of 120 mph, the Hellcat was reportedly stopped in Stratford where three individuals were arrested.
“Along the shoreline, close by communities, same overnight hours so certainly there are some similarities but we have nothing right now to go by to say yes these are absolutely connected,” said Chief Finkelstein.
The chief is not sure if the East Lyme case involves an organized ring of thieves or juveniles on a joy ride.
“Obviously getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when you don’t have a license or don’t have experience certainly isn’t safe,” said the Chief.
He’s grateful no one was hurt.
“We just beg people and encourage them make sure you lock your cars, take your keys out, take your valuables out of the cars,” advised the Chief.
Renae Reynolds, a resident of East Lyme, is glad she parks her car in a garage, “and I have my watchdog,” added Reynolds.
But she says it is worrisome to see some of the same crimes she saw in Chicago.
“Once I was able to move to East Lyme, it wasn’t something I thought I had to worry about,” said Reynolds. “But it’s definitely not a good thing that it’s making its way here.”
The people in the stolen cars fled the scene and police have not been able to find them, yet.