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New Canaan Police Recover Stolen Car, Undamaged, from Suspect

A car that had been stolen out of the driveway of a Mill Port Avenue home while the owner had been away on vacation was recovered by New Canaan police Monday, police said that morning.

According to Sgt. Peter Condos, a silver 2010 Nissan Rogue valued at roughly $19,000 that had gone missing from a Mill Port Avenue driveway was recovered when the suspect returned to town in the vehicle on Dec. 2 after visiting her mother in New York following the theft.

On Sunday, Nov. 24, a 35-year-old woman reported her car missing from her driveway after someone had apparently broken into her home, stolen a quantity of clothes and a pair of leather bags, and taken the keys to the car. There were no signs of forced entry at the scene, Sgt. Carol Ogrinc reported at the time.

New Canaan authorities received a phone call from Pelham Police after the woman's mother contacted them and said her daughter had just left her house and was in a great deal of distress. The woman, described as being in her 50s, was suffering from some kind of psychiatric distress, Condos said. 

Authorities in Pelham told New Canaan police the woman was apparently operating the vehicle that had been reported stolen. New Canaan officers on patrol spotted the woman and the stolen car after the woman returned to her own residence, which Condos said was very close to where the original theft had occurred.

The woman was not a Silver Hill Hospital patient, Condos clarified, and was simply a resident in the area. Her name is being withheld by authorities as police work out what charges, if any, the woman might face. The car and all the goods that had gone missing from the home were recovered undamaged, he said.

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