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Police catch catalytic converter thieves red-handed

Two men face theft charges of theft and possession of property obtained by crime

Greater Sudbury Police have charged two men with theft after they allegedly removed catalytic converters from vehicles.

A 45-year-old man and a 37-year-old man have been charged with theft under $5,000, mischief to property under $5,000, and possession of property obtained by crime.

Police said just before 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, officers attended a call of a suspicious person outside of a residence on Ramsey View Court. Information provided was that two men were seen underneath a parked vehicle and it appeared they were attempting to remove parts from the vehicle.

When officers arrived, they saw two men fleeing the scene on foot. One of them was quickly caught by police, while the other fled into the bush.

A search of the man found a catalytic converter and a battery-operated saw.

About 15 minutes later, officers found the second suspect. He was taken into custody without incident.

The second suspect was additionally charged with failure to comply with a release order. He was also wanted on four outstanding bench warrants for various incidents including obstructing/resisting a peace officer, impaired driving, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Both men attended bail court Tuesday to answer to the charges.