Springfield police investigate reports of attempted vehicle parts theft

Springfield police are investigating reports of attempted catalytic converter thefts from two vehicles.

Officers responded around 1:40 p.m. Thursday to Cracker Barrel, 105 W. Leffel Lane, in reference to an attempted theft of parts from a vehicle, according to a Springfield police report.

When crews arrived, they spoke with the victim who said she was walking to her vehicle when she noticed a blue four-door car parked next to the passenger side, the report says. She said she then walked over to talk to the suspects.

“She stated that the suspect with the red hooded sweatshirt was laying on the ground,” the report says. “She told the suspects she was about to back out, and they entered the suspect vehicle.”

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After the suspects left the parking lot, the victim got into her vehicle and started it.

“When she did, she noticed that the exhaust was very loud. She turned the vehicle off and looked under the passenger side of the vehicle. She saw parts, including the catalytic converter, hanging down from the underside of the vehicle.”

According to the report, the two males are described to be between the ages of 28 and 32, about 5-foot-7, and around 135 pounds.

Officers later responded around 2:30 p.m. to the 1700 block of S. Fountain Ave. in reference to an attempted theft of a catalytic converter off a vehicle, according to a Springfield police report.

When crews arrived, the victim told them that “he was inside his residence when he noticed that the hood of his vehicle looked higher than usual when he looked out the window,” the report says.

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The victim said he also noticed the suspect vehicle, a blue Chevrolet Impala, parked next to his car. When he went outside to check it out, he saw the suspects get into their vehicle before fleeing north through the alley.

“(The victim) examined his vehicle and saw that it had been jacked up with a floor jack. When he checked under the passenger side of the vehicle, he discovered that the suspects had been sawing through the exhaust pipes in an attempt to get the catalytic converter,” the report says.

The suspects were not able to get the converter before the victim got to his vehicle, the report says.

According to the report, the suspects are described as the same two men from the first report.

No other suspect information was available, and Springfield police continue their investigation into these thefts.

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