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Newtown Police explain why Code Red was sent about recent attempted car thefts

Newtown's Police Chief is explaining why a Code Red was sent out last week about attempted car thefts. Chief James Viadero says the issuance of the code red was not a common practice, but done in this case because of the brazenness of the attempts, and out of concern for public safety involving similar incidents that had transpired in adjoining communities. 

There were three attempts to enter cars parked in private driveways, during daylight hours, and similar to incidents in Easton, Weston, and Bethel.  All 4 911 dispatch centers received similar information about the suspected individuals. 

Viadero says there was the potential of violence if confronted, so the alert was issued.  He acknowledged that the text of the alert needed to be more defined, giving particular locations of the attempts, not just limiting the information to the descriptors of the parties and vehicle.

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