Suspected catalytic converter thief arrested

Officers arrested a 35-year-old man suspected of stealing a catalytic converter from a Prius in the 800 block 100th Ave NE around 4:15 am Tuesday. After hearing a noise outside her window, the victim woke up and witnessed a man underneath her car. The car had been elevated on a car jack.

As she called 911, she watched the suspect get into a silver sedan and flee. Officers arrived, and the investigation revealed the thief had removed her catalytic converter. As the officer interviewed the victim, another patrol officer stopped a silver sedan with wires sticking out the trunk.  It turns out there was a catalytic converter in the trunk and the freshly cut metal that matched the metal cut from the Prius.

The suspect was in such a hurry to flee the scene, he left behind two power saws and the car jack, which were collected as evidence. Based on the investigation, the suspect was arrested on charges of Theft, Malicious Mischief, Driving with License Suspended, making or possessing motor vehicle theft tools, making or having burglar tools, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of Stolen Property, and Unlawful Possession of another’s identification card.

The suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail.

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