Police Reports: Catalytic converter thefts, fraud and a DUI

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MONROE, CT — Thieves targeting catalytic converters stole two from trucks at Orkin Pest Control, 200 Main St., and another from a truck at Sippin Energy Products, 234 Main St.

On Thursday, Orkin reported the theft of a catalytic converter from a box truck and a service truck between 5:30 p.m. the previous night and the time employees showed up for work Thursday morning.

The theft at Sippin Energy Products was also reported Thursday and occurred sometime overnight, police said.

DUI on Pepper Street

A 56-year-old Beacon Falls man was charged with DUI following a traffic stop on Pepper Street March 26.

Officers using radar on Pepper Street around 6:44 p.m. clocked a Chevrolet van going 42 mph in a 25-mph zone while heading north, according to police.

During the ensuing traffic stop, police said the driver spoke with a slurred speech, admitted to drinking and field sobriety tests determined he was under the influence.

He was also charged with traveling at an unreasonable speed and operating an unregistered vehicle. He was released on $500 bond for a future court date.

Fraud reports

A Monroe man told police someone stole his identity and opened an account in his name at Chase Bank, according to a complaint filed Thursday.

The victim learned something was wrong after the bank mailed him a card for the fraudulent account, police said.

After the account was opened, police said online deposits were made and money was removed. Chase closed the account and opened an investigation, according to police, who said the victim was told to contact the major credit bureaus to report the incident.

In another incident of fraud reported Wednesday, a local man told police his Coinbase account was hacked and $500 was transferred out. The theft is under investigation.

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