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Man Attacked After Confronting Catalytic Converter Thieves in Pasadena

Published on Sunday, April 11, 2021 | 9:20 am

Two men bashed another man in the head with a catalytic converter after the victim caught them stealing the car part from his vehicle in front of a Pasadena home early Sunday, police said.

The crime unfolded just before 12:50 a.m. in the 1400 block of East Elizabeth Street, near Hill Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Burgess.

A 50-year-old man heard noises coming from outside his home and discovered two men had lifted his car on jacks and were removing the car’s catalytic converter, the lieutenant said.

When the victim confronted the thieves, one of them struck him in the back of the head with the freshly stolen auto part, Burgess said. The man suffered a cut to his head but did not appear seriously injured.

Both attackers then sped away in a beige or gold car, along with the converter, he said.

One was described as a Latino man about 18 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 150 pounds, with short dark hair, police said. The second was a Latino man of about 23 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.


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