CHANDLER, Ariz. — An attempted catalytic converter theft ended with 10 catalytic converter being recovered and three men arrested in Chandler.
The Chandler Police Department said three suspects were in the process of stealing the catalytic converter from a truck in the 500 block of North Chippewa Drive when the truck owner came out.
The owner confronted the suspects and they pointed a gun with a laser beam at him, before fleeing.
While on the way to the scene, police said officers saw the suspects' described black BMW driving east on Chandler Boulevard. When officers attempted a traffic stop, the BMW kept driving until it was abandoned in a commercial parking lot.
Police said the area was searched and the three men, along with a gun, 10 catalytic converters and a battery-operated saw were found.
Officials identified the suspects as Robert Canez, Jesus Banuelos, and Tevon Kroncke. An investigation is still ongoing.
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