32-year-old Euclid man arrested for stealing catalytic converters in Wickliffe

Posted at 6:26 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 11:03:03-05

WICKLIFFE, Ohio — A Euclid man was arrested after he was caught attempting to steal catalytic converters from an impound lot in Wickliffe.

On Feb. 26 around 3:40 a.m., the owner of an impound lot on East 289th Street called police to inform them one of his surveillance cameras had captured a man trespassing on the property.

Once on the scene, officers saw the man on the other side of a chain-link fence a distance away from them. The officers climbed the fence and attempted to catch the man but he escaped, police said.

During the investigation, officers located a parked car nearby that belonged to the man. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a car jack, a variety of tools, work gloves and two catalytic converters that appeared to have been cut from cars, according to police.

Police determined the man had trespassed into the impound lot to steal catalytic converters.

Within 12 hours, police were able to identify the suspect as 32-year-old Grant Anderson, who was soon after arrested and charged with breaking and entering, police said.

Catalytic converters have been widespread across Northeast Ohio as thieves attempt to make quick money by selling the stolen parts for scrap.

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