Connecticut Police Nab Suspect in Catalytic Converter Thefts

Connecticut police have arrested a man accused of stealing catalytic converters from parking lots near the Westport Metro-North station, and they say he could be connected to other thefts in the area.

Clifford St. Arnault, 35, of East Haven, was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Thursday after police spotted him driving through parking lots near the Saugatuck station. Police said St. Arnault’s truck matched the description of a vehicle suspected in catalytic converter thefts, and officers pulled him over on Saugatuck Avenue.

St. Arnault was found with with just-cut catalytic converters and a reciprocating saw, along with tire rims and motorcycle parts, according to police.

St. Arnault was arrested and charged with fifth-degree larceny and possession of burglary tools. His bond was set at $5,000. It was not clear if St. Arnault had a lawyer. 

Police said he’s a suspect in other catalytic converter thefts and could face additional charges if linked to the crimes.

Westport police are continuing to investigate along with surrounding police departments.