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Series of carjackings and robberies in New Haven County over a span of four days

In one incident a 70-year-old was pistol whipped and in two incidents, cars were stolen with dogs inside

MILFORD, Conn. — A busy few days for police in New Haven County, where several cars were stolen, and items were stolen from cars.

Friday morning in Orange, a 70-year-old was threatened with a gun while pumping gas, punched, and pistol-whipped before two suspects took off with the victim's car.

"Poor guys is getting gas. Like how sad, that's very sad. There's no repercussion for it. Who would expect to get pistol-whipped while you're pumping gas? It's just not right," said one Milford resident.

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A few hours later, a separate incident in nearby towns. Four teens were arrested for stealing a car from North Haven and then heading into Milford in that stolen car where they're accused of stealing from people's cars in at least three different parking lots.

Additionally, twice in four days, cars were stolen with dogs inside of them.

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On Thursday a car was stolen out of the DiBella's Subs parking lot in Milford and on Sunday out of the Dunkin Donuts parking lot in East Haven. Fortunately, the dogs were all recovered.

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People in the area said they are aware of incidents like these happening and have changed their habits because of it.

"Pull in, take the keys out of the car, get gas. At stores, we don't leave the cars running. And everything gets locked up," said Bob Guevara of Milford.

"I'm a little cautious. I'm always looking around. I try to teach my daughter to always look around at your surroundings," another Milford resident said.

That's exactly what experts encourage you to do, stay aware and never fight back.

Gaby Molina is a reporter and anchor at FOX61 News. She can be reached at gmolina@fox61.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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