Observant citizens lead police to arrest of catalytic converter thieves – Edmonton Police

Edmonton, Alberta – Three thieves are facing multiple charges thanks in part to some observant citizens who contacted police, after witnessing them involved in the theft of a catalytic converter this morning.

File Photo - catalytic converter theft
File Photo – catalytic converter theft

On Feb. 4, 2020, at approximately 5:25 a.m., Southeast Division patrol members responded to a theft complaint in progress outside of a residence near 13 Avenue and 56 Street. It was reported to police that two witnesses had observed a male suspect cutting something off from under a parked vehicle.

The witnesses then followed the suspect vehicle, a Ford F150 truck, until patrol officers were able to intercept it near Highway 21 and Highway 14.

Three occupants of the vehicle were then taken into custody. A subsequent search of the Ford F150 truck yielded several cutting saws and 10 catalytic converters. Investigators estimate the cost to replace and repair the 10 vehicles to be approximately $33,000 ($3,000 per vehicle).

The following individuals have been charged in relation to this investigation:

Keith James Dowding, 36

Possess break-in instruments

Mischief under $5,000

Possess stolen property under $5,000 (x10)

Patrick Leonard Mannchen, 37

Possess break-in instruments

Mischief under $5,000

Possess stolen property under $5,000 (x10)

Breach of a release order

Lorelei Dawn Noseworthy, 35

Possess break-in instruments

Mischief under $5,000

Possess stolen property under $5,000 (x10)

Police continue to investigate in an attempt to identify the owners of the 10 vehicles targeted.

Anyone with information regarding suspects involved in the theft of catalytic converters is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

MRU #: 20R009

Edmonton Police Service
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