Three individuals arrested by Edmonton Police Service are facing multiple charges, after allegedly attempting to steal a catalytic converter in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
EPS says they took the three individuals into custody after vigilant citizens witnessed them in the act.
“On February 4, 2020, at approximately 5:25 am, Southeast Division patrol members responded to a theft complaint in progress outside of a residence near 13 Avenue and 56 Street,” according to a release from EPS.
“It was reported to police that two witnesses had observed a male suspect cutting something off from under a parked vehicle.”
According to police, witnesses then followed the suspect vehicle, a Ford F150 truck, until patrol officers were able to intercept it near Highway 21 and Highway 14.
Police report taking the three occupants of the vehicle into custody, and after a search of the truck, police found 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),” said EPS.
Police charged 36-year-old Keith James Dowding, 37-year-old Patrick Leonard Mannchen, and 35-year-old Lorelei Dawn Noseworthy each with multiple offences related to the thefts.
The investigation reportedly continues as law enforcement attempts to identify the owners of the 10 vehicles targeted.