The following information was supplied by the Monroe Police Department. No arrested person is guilty until so judged in a court of law.
A Stolen Battery
An officer on patrol saw a 2001 Toyota Sienna with six people in it parked in a dirt lot in the business park on Enterprise Drive at 10:37 p.m. on Sept. 29, when all of the businesses are closed. Police said the driver appeared nervous and seemed evasive as the officer spoke to him. Then another officer arrived on the scene and noticed a large, black, commercial grade battery in clear sight, through the rear window of the vehicle, according to the report.
Police said the driver, Conner McCreery of Arden Road in Shelton, confessed to taking the battery out of one of the excavators in the lot to use in a tractor he had built — and told the officers that none of his passengers were involved.
McCreery was arrested and charged with sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. Bond was set at $250 for an Oct. 9 court date. The five passengers were issued verbal warnings for simple trespass.
Police said the passengers were a 21-year-old Oxford man, a Milford man, 19, a Bridgeport man, 20, a Branford woman, 22, and a Monroe man, 20.
Police had no estimated value for the battery and had left a phone message to the owner, a local paving company.