California woman accidentally runs over, kills would-be catalytic converter thief: cops

Catalytic converter thieves


A California woman accidentally ran over and killed a man police said had been trying to steal her catalytic converter Tuesday.

The unidentified woman was sleeping inside her Ford Excursion in the parking lot of a Palmdale shopping center when a group of four alleged thieves pulled up around 6 p.m., the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.

Two Hispanic men and two Hispanic women parked in the stall next to their sleeping victim. One man hopped out of the car, laid underneath the woman’s SUV and began sawing off the catalytic converter, deputies said.
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