Thieves stole the catalytic converter off a Honda Accord

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MONROE, CT — A man heard a drilling sound outside early Tuesday morning, looked out his apartment window and saw two thieves trying to remove parts from a tan Honda Accord parked in front of his Main Street home.

When the two males, wearing masks, realized they were discovered, police said they got into a gray or silver Honda minivan driven by another male and fled the scene, heading south on Main Street (Route 25).

The witness could not get the license plate number, but police notified Trumbull officers to look out for the vehicle.

Monroe’s officers were called to the scene, in the 160 block of Main Street, just after 3 a.m. and noticed that the $400 catalytic converter was stolen from under the Honda Accord. Police said the drilling sound was likely made by a power tool used to remove it.

Crash leads to DUI 

A local woman was charged with DUI following a one-vehicle accident on Monroe Turnpike, at Bayberry Meadow Road, Monday evening.

Orla Genest, 49, of Millbrook Terrace in Monroe, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and failure to maintain the established lane. She was released on $500 bond for a Dec. 8 court date.

Just before 6 p.m., officers responding to the crash observed a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan in the south-bound lane of Monroe Turnpike, which was partially off the roadway, according to the report. Police said it appeared to have struck a utility pole.

The driver, Genest, was not injured, police said, adding her eyes were glassy and bloodshot, she was unable to provide specifics about the incident, and her responses were “delayed, slurred and mumbled.”

Field sobriety tests were not performed to standard, leading to the arrest, police said.

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