Naugatuck police arrested a teen accused of stealing a school bus early Saturday morning.
An officer stopped Kevin Monagan, 18, of Middlebury, around 2 a.m. on Saturday when he noticed a school bus with no headlights near North Church and Bridge streets in Naugatuck, police said.
Monagan first told the officer that the “NAPA” auto parts store gave him the bus, police said.
The officer, knowing the Student Transportation of America bus lot off of Hotchkiss Street is located next to a NAPA auto parts store, continued to probe and asked Monagan about how he managed to obtain the bus.
Monagan he eventually admitted he broke into the bus and drove off with it after finding the keys, police said.
As police investigated, they found out that the bus, as well as another in the bus lot, had been vandalized.
Monagan was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny, criminal attempt at larceny in the first degree, criminal trover in the second degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, criminal trespassing in the third degree, operating a school bus without the proper license classification, operating a motor vehicle without having headlights illuminated and failure to stop for a traffic signal.
He is being held on a $25,000 surety bond and will be arraigned in Waterbury.
It’s not clear if he has an attorney.