3 catalytic converter theft suspects caught after 20-minute police chase, HPD says

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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Police said all three suspects are between 17 and 18 years old. A K-9 reportedly found one of them in a trash can when they took off on foot after the chase.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Police say three young catalytic converter thieves were caught in the act by witnesses, sparking a police chase overnight.

Officers responded to a report of suspects cutting catalytic converters off cars in a parking lot in southwest Houston just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses told Houston police they saw three suspects stealing from the cars in the parking lot located at 6002 Rampart Street.

As soon as officers arrived, the suspects got into a white car and took off, according to HPD.

After a nearly 20-minute chase to northeast Houston, police said the suspects fled on foot after reaching a dead-end on Sandy Oaks Drive.

They ran into yards in the area. Investigators said one suspect even tried to hide in a trash can.

All three suspects, between the ages of 17 and 18, were apprehended thanks to help from K-9 units and an HPD helicopter, police said.

Investigators found two catalytic converters and saws in the suspect's vehicle, HPD said.