'Who would do such a thing?' Bus service disrupted for Trumbull special education students after catalytic converter thefts
Emily Beauclair is one of many Trumbull parents now trying to figure out how to get her child to and from school following several catalytic converter thefts.
"We got an email very early on Monday morning letting us know there were no buses for our kids that day because somebody had stolen all the catalytic converters out of the buses," Beauclair said.
Trumbull police say a fleet of 16 small school buses were hit at the Durham School Services lot on Spring Hill Road sometime over the weekend, totaling a loss of over $40,000 dollars. The thefts weren't discovered until Monday morning. Trumbull Early Childhood Education Center was among the schools affected. Beauclair's 4-year-old son, Joe, goes to school there.
"Every single bus has been stopped for my son's school. Hundreds of kids have no way to get to and from school. It's insane," she said. "At first we thought, 'Who would do such a thing?' It was only for the special education buses. And then the second thing was, 'How are we going to get our kid to school? And how are we going to pick up in the middle of the day?' Because Joe's school actually is only half days."
Durham School Services released the following statement:
"Multiple routes were affected because of this incident, and unfortunately a few also had to be canceled. It is likely there will be service disruptions over the next few days as we try to source replacement parts as quickly as possible. We will try our best to minimize disruptions to service as best as we can. Lastly, we will be implementing additional security measures in hopes of preventing incidents like this from happening again in the future. "
"I'm normally supposed to be working in the city today and had to just stay at home so I could wait 45 minutes in line to pick up my kid because the entire school needs to be picked up," Beauclair said.
Police told News 12 they're reviewing security camera footage and working with law enforcement in other cities and towns since these thefts are an issue across the state. They've asked for the public's help to track down the people responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 203-261-3665.
This is not the first time catalytic converters have been cut out of buses that service Trumbull schools. In November, thieves stole them from 28 vehicles used by Cooperative Education Services. The damage topped $75,000.