Woodland police nab alleged catalytic converter thieves

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Two Woodland men face multiple criminal charges after being caught stealing a catalytic converter from a parked vehicle, Woodland police said.

In a Facebook post, the Woodland Police Department reported its officers were dispatched at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a suspicious-circumstance call involving a vehicle on West Elliott Street.

“The two occupants of the vehicle, wearing all black, with backpacks and masks, went through a hole in the fence into the area of West Clover Street,” the post said. “With multiple officers on scene within minutes, one officer saw the
subjects cutting off a catalytic converter on a parked vehicle.”

Both suspects fled on foot when officers confronted them, but were detained following a brief pursuit, police said. Robert Nesbit, 41; and Michael Crow, 46, both went to the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of grand theft, conspiracy and tampering with vehicles. Crow also had additional warrants for his arrest.

Officers recovered the allegedly stolen catalytic converter, an element of a vehicle’s exhaust system, which thieves steal for the precious metals they contain. 

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