Catalytic converter thief’s suspected vehicle caught on camera after stealing from Texas Avenue commercial parking lot
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – A College Station real estate agent is warning others about a crime we recently reported. College Station police said they perform an average of a dozen thefts of catalytic converters each month.
The latest crime is said to have taken place at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
“We were just sitting here working at our desk and heard a noise so we looked out the window and really couldn’t tell where the noise was coming from,” said Tandy Bone, real estate agent and listings coordinator. at Coldwell Banker, Apex, Estate Agents.
“I saw a guy come out from under one of our cars holding the catalytic converter. Put him in his car. It had parked right next to it and then took off and from the start of the noise until it went away it lasted 60 or 90 seconds, ”she said.
Now Tandy Bone’s colleague will have an expensive repair. The suspected thief in a BMW SUV fled. It was a gold-colored car with temporary paper tags.
Bone can’t believe the thief struck in broad daylight near Texas Avenue and University Drive.
“It’s irritating,” she added.
This is not the first time that a catalytic converter has been stolen from this company. They say that about six months ago one of their company cars was hit. It is also a Honda element.
“It made a really loud noise and so we had it checked and that’s when we found out that they also took the catalytic converter from there and I think that’s it. that made me realize yesterday when I saw him lying under the car and then pop with that, I think that’s what made me realize what he had actually taken, ”Bone said.
“Boldness. It’s just a little scary when you think you know how desperate someone must be to take that kind of risk. But we’re all safe, ”Cherry Ruffino said with Coldwell Banker, Apex Realtors and the Cherry Ruffino team.
College Station police said they had seen 46 cases since June. Bryan police report having had five thefts of catalytic converters since September 1.
The CSPD said that in most cases, they don’t believe the thieves are local.
The victim of this latest crime tells us that she is working with her insurance on a claim for the loss.
We have a previous story here.
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