Friday, October 03, 2014

CUT!: Observant Boystown Witness Leads Cops To Car, Catalytic Converter Thieves

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When police wake you up at 4AM, it's rarely because they want to share good news. But, things could have been worse for a woman who received just such a visit early this morning.

Around 3:30AM, witnesses reported seeing two men sawing the catalytic converter off of a vehicle under the L tracks between Roscoe and Newport. Police responded quickly and managed to stop the offenders as they exited the alley at Newport and Halsted.

Officers recovered a severed catalytic converter and a Sawzall from the back of their vehicle, then worked backwards to locate the car from which the converter was taken, and, eventually, to find the victim at her home in the 3500 block of Lake Shore Drive.

According to the victim, she had left her car parked in the 500 block of Brompton, so it appears that the thieves stole her car, drove it a few blocks to the more secluded Clark Street L tracks and performed "surgery" on it.

Two people are in custody. Their get-away vehicle is registered to a Garfield Park woman.

Theft and resale of catalytic converters is a popular career path for some Chicagoans. Replacement of the part will cost victims about $1,800.
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  1. Don't mess with my rideOct 3, 2014, 1:31:00 PM

    I've got a Jeep that has already had its spare tire stolen. So this type of crime strikes a personal chord.
    Glad they caught them. Sounds like they should have plenty of evidence to convict. What a relief.

    Any knowledge of what make/model this victim's car was?

  2. A friend of mine had his catalytic converter sawed off his Jeep Cherokee on the exact same block.

  3. Hondas are THE primary make that car thieves target, particularly models from the mid to late 1990s.

  4. So much for making it a crime for muffler shops to buy these things. Catalytic Converters-IPhones ....what's the difference?

  5. kudos to the entertainment team that responded quickly to catch these savages. Great work guys

    1. Right you are. Thanks for pointing that out.