East Lyme police investigating auto thefts after crash

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East Lyme — Police on Tuesday said they are investigating an early morning crash involving stolen vehicles.

About 3:45 a.m. police responded to reports of a crash into a tree off Dean Road with individuals running from the car. Officers then found that two vehicles had been involved in the crash; no drivers or passengers remained at the scene. Chief Mike Finkelstein said that it appeared "one struck the other, and the other struck the tree."

With help from state police from Troop F, police performed a K-9 track but the individuals involved in the crash were not found. East Lyme officers continue visible patrols in the area.

Further investigation revealed both vehicles had been stolen from two different shoreline communities. Finkelstein said because the accident is under investigation, he could not disclose what type of vehicles were involved or where they were stolen, but East Lyme police remain in contact with agencies in those communities.

Police ask anyone with information on the crash to call the East Lyme Police Department at (860) 739-5900.

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