Three men from Charlotte, North Carolina are in jail tonight in connection with attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle in South Columbia.
At approximately 4:00 a.m.today, Columbia Police Department (CPD) officers were dispatched to the 800 block of South Woodrow Street after dispatch receieved a 9-1-1 call about suspicious activity in the Rosewood neighborhood. The three men are accused of conspiring to steal a catalytic converter from the victim’s Honda.
The three men were seen inside of their getaway car that was described in detail to dispatchers. CPD officers spotted the same car not far from the original crime scene and conducted a traffic stop. Additional officers, serving as back up assistance were able help detain all three men without incident.
Investigators are also working to determine if the suspects are connected to catalytic coverter thefts in the same area.
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
** Be sure to learn more about catalytic converter theft prevention on the CPD website, here: https://columbiapd.net/2021/02/02/preventing-catalytic-converter-thefts/
And as a friendly reminder, report suspicious activity to CPD by calling 9-1-1.