Thieves steal parts from wheelchair-accessible vans overnight, making vehicles undrivable

Thieves steal parts from wheelchair-accessible vans overnight, making vehicles undrivable
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[Ed. – In time for Christmas: How thoughtful.]

Police are investigating an overnight parts theft from a nonprofit for people with disablities that left seven wheelchair-accessible vans out of service Saturday.

All of the vans had their catalytic converters taken sometime around midnight Saturday “rendering all of the vehicles undrivable until repairs are complete after the first of the year,” said Alisa Picerno of Ability Beyond in Bethel.

The theft occurred at the organization’s office on Berkshire Boulevard.

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Picerno said the vans are used to transport their clients to and from day and work programs. The damage to the vans is estimated around $10,000.

She said Bethel police are investigating the thefts, and are looking at security camera footage.

The catalytic converters are part of the vans’ exhaust system, where they’re responsible for cutting down on the emissions that come out of a vehicle’s tailpipe.

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