MONROE, CT — Three male juveniles allegedly stole a red 2017 Hyundai Sonata Sport from a driveway on Senior Drive, then stole merchandise from the store at the Mobil station at 405 Monroe Turnpike Friday night.
Police officers following a lead on the stolen vehicle spotted the Sonata following a dark Volkswagen sedan, while heading south on Route 111, toward Trumbull.
Officers activated the lights and siren of their vehicle but, rather than stopping, the drivers of the Sonata and Volkswagen sped up. Monroe officers broke off pursuit for the safety of the public due to the high rate of speed of the fleeing suspects.
Police notified the Trumbull Police Department of the vehicles heading into their town.
As of Monday, Monroe Police Lt. Michael Sweeney said the stolen Sonata was not recovered.
A couple on Senior Drive reported the theft of their vehicle around 9:42 p.m., when officers responded to a call about three juveniles attempting to enter vehicles parked in the neighborhood.
At approximately 9:44 p.m., the manager at the Mobil station told officers three juveniles entered the store around 9:23 a.m. and ran out of the business with stolen merchandise moments later, leaving in a dark blue Volkswagen. Information on exactly what was stolen from the store was not available Monday.
Based on the time frames and descriptions, police believe the crimes were committed by the same three males. They were described as three White Hispanic males, all wearing black clothing, including sweatshirts, pants, sneakers and face masks.
The Monroe Police Detective Division is handling the investigation.
Thieves active in town neighborhoods
A Lazy Brook Road man reported seeing Ring camera footage of people in his driveway Saturday, checking to see if the 2016 Subaru Legacy and 2002 GMC Envoy parked in driveway were unlocked. Both vehicles were locked and the thieves moved on, according to police.
Police said a white vehicle parked at the end of the driveway around 3:37 a.m. and two Black males, one wearing a black hoodie and the other wearing a white hoodie, walked up to both vehicles and attempted to open the doors.
When they were unsuccessful, police said the suspects ran back to their vehicle and headed south on Lazy Brook Road.
Crash into two signs, a fire hydrant
Police charged a 29-year-old Renton, Wash., driver after he allegedly knocked down a stop sign and a one way sign, and pushed a fire hydrant into the ground when a trailer he was pulling with his blue 2022 Dodge Ram pickup truck went off the road, as he turned right onto Main Street from Stanley Road on Dec. 6.
The man reportedly told officers he did not know he had to stop to report the accident and continued on. He was issued a misdemeanor summons for evading responsibility and failure to maintain the proper lane.
Aquarion Water Co. and the Monroe Department of Public Works were notified about the signs. Local firefighters were also contacted, so they could check the hydrant, police said.
Theft of packages
A 79-year-old Senior Drive woman told police she was sitting on her couch when she saw a mail carrier deliver two packages at 11 a.m. Then about 15 minutes later, she saw a woman steal it from her front porch.
She described the suspect as a female wearing a tan wool winter hat and a tan jacket. She told officers she could not tell what the woman’s race was. The woman left in a gray or tan sedan, but the victim did not know the make or model, according to police.
The stolen packages consisted of two bags of clothing valued at $50 each. Police are investigating the theft.
A 37-year-old Fairfield woman turned herself in on a warrant Saturday morning, after allegedly evading the scene of an accident on Nov. 10.
She was charged with evading responsibility and released after posting 10 percent of her $500 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 18.
On Nov. 10, police said the passenger side of the woman’s white Dodge Ram pickup truck made contact with the left side of a blue Chevy Equinox driven by a 73-year-old Bridgeport woman, as both vehicles headed south on Monroe Turnpike.
There were no injuries, police said, adding the Fairfield woman did not stop.
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