The North Aurora Police Department is alerting residents to dangers associated with catalytic converter theft after a Thursday (Oct. 21, 2021) incident in the area of North Lincolnway.
According to a village of North Aurora Police Department Facebook post, officers were dispatched at around 3 a.m. Thursday to an apartment complex in the 200 block of North Lincolnway for a theft from vehicle in progress.
Responding officers located a suspect vehicle fleeing from the area and attempted to stop it. However, the vehicle did not stop and fled east on Interstate 88.
Upon arrival, officers learned that two suspects were using a saw to cut off the catalytic converter on an SUV when one witness confronted the suspects by pointing a pellet rifle and attempting to stop them.
One of the offenders fired one shot at the witness but missed, and the offenders — both described as black males, about 20 years old — fled in a black Pontiac Grand Prix.
The North Aurora Police Department advises the public that when there is a crime in progress, the best way for you to help us is to be a good witness but do not become involved or attempt to apprehend or confront any suspects.
Police ask witnesses to note descriptions of the suspects and suspect vehicles, including license plates and call 911. Witnesses should stay on the line until the dispatcher tell you to hang up or until officers arrive.
Catalytic Converter thieves often target taller vehicles such as trucks and SUVs that are easy to get underneath. You can protect your vehicle by parking inside your garage, if possible. If not, park in a well-lit area close to building entrances, have your catalytic converter welded to your vehicle frame, engrave your Vehicle ID number on the catalytic converter, use a vehicle alarm with vibration activation, and/or have a catalytic converter theft shield installed.
This incident remains under investigation by the North Aurora Police Department and no charges have been filed at this time. Anyone with information should call the Investigations Division at (630) 897-8705, Ext. 758.
Anonymous tips may be left by calling (630) 897-8705 and choosing Option 2. Or call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000 and receive a reward for information leading to a felony arrest.
SOURCE: North Aurora Police Department
North Aurora Police Department on Facebook