From The Hartford Advocate’s Crime & Punishment report:
Cuckoo for Catalytic Converters
Back in October of 2008, Gary Gaudet tried to saw the catalytic converter off a car at A&M Auto in East Hartford and, in the process, fell asleep. Then, last week, the 51-year-old tried stealing another catalytic converter, this time at Asian Motors, one quarter-mile away from the previous attempt on Tolland Street. He fell asleep again, this time forever. While Gaudet hacksawed, the Ford Windstar minivan slipped off the jack and landed on his face and chest, killing him, East Hartford police believe. The owner of Asian Motors called police after finding Gaudet under the van at 9:28 a.m. on April 30. The Medical Examiners Office in Farmington informed the Advocate that the cause of death was compression and asphyxia.