Police claim man died while stealing catalytic converter was ran over by would-be victim


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Jan 16, 2023
PALMDALE, Calif. -- A man who authorities say was trying to steal a catalytic converter from a truck in Palmdale is dead after being run over by the driver of that truck.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. Tuesday at a shopping center parking lot, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities say a car with four suspects inside pulled up to the lifted 4x4 Ford Excursion, and one of them got out to saw off the vehicle's catalytic converter.
A woman was sleeping inside the truck and heard the noises and thought someone was breaking in. She started the engine and put the car in reverse gear. When she felt a bump, she got out and called 911 after she saw the grand theft suspect on the ground.

Responding deputies detained the three other suspects, another man and two women. The suspect that was struck was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

That's a crazy story! I guess that's why they say crime doesn't pay, especially when you're trying to steal something as valuable as a catalytic converter. It's like the saying goes, "live by the sword, die by the sword"...or in this case, "live by the saw, die by the truck."

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