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Catalytic Converter Thief Killed When Driver Wakes Up & Runs Him Over



Man Ran Over & Killed While Trying To Steal Parked SUV

Man Ran Over & Killed While Trying To Steal Parked SUV

A man was run over and killed Tuesday after he allegedly crawled under a parked SUV and tried to steal the catalytic converter in Palmdale, authorities said.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. at a retail parking lot in the 39000 block of 10th Street West, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Four people were inside a vehicle parked near a Ford Excursion, according to the Sheriff’s Department. A man got out of the vehicle and crawled under the SUV, where he began trying to saw off the catalytic converter.

A woman who had been asleep in the Excursion woke up to the noise of the saw. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the woman turned the car on, put it in reverse, then “felt a bump like she ran something over.”

“She stopped immediately, leaving the suspect on the ground after running him over,” the statement read.

The woman, who was not identified, called 911.

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