From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville Police Department is searching for a catalytic converter thief.
According to the Trussville Police Department, officers responded to Flowers Bakery on Monday, October 29, around 1 a.m., where a subcontractor had parked his “Crane Distributing” truck in the Flowers Bakery parking lot when he noticed an individual lying underneath his truck attempting to saw through the truck’s exhaust system to remove the catalytic converter.
The report stated that the victim grabbed the individual’s legs and pulled the suspect from underneath the truck. The suspect managed to get free and run to the adjacent parking lot, where he jumped into the passenger seat of a dark grey dodge charger with a “Burke” dealership drive-off tag and drove away at a high rate of speed.
A flock camera in the area spotted the vehicle between I-459 and Flowers Bakery approximately one hour prior to the incident. Officers searched the surrounding area and did not notice any additional vehicles that were tampered with.
The victim stated that the cost of replacing one catalytic converter on his truck would cost approximately $800 and that the suspect cut off both converters, leaving one and taking the other.
The suspect could be charged with burglary third-degree, criminal mischief second-degree, and unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle.
If anyone has any information regarding the incident, please contact the Trussville Police Department at (205) 655-2101.