Niles police charge catalytic converter theft suspects
Two Trumbull County men are suspected of sawing a catalytic converter from a car parked outside a Niles business.
Police say charges were filed on Monday against 41-year-old Roger Humphrey of Leavittsburg and 27-year-old Justin Andreatta of Southington.
According to police, the charges stem from an incident on the day after Christmas when a Bob Evans restaurant employee saw two men under a car and heard sawing noises.
The employee told police when he approached the car, both men hopped into a truck and drove away.
Thanks to a witness who took a cell phone photo, got the license plate number, and description of the truck, Howland Police pulled a truck over on Elm Road. Police found a power saw in the truck.
After a follow-up investigation and discussions with the prosecutor, the two suspects have been charged with attempted theft, possessing criminal tools and criminal damaging.
21 News reported last week that area police agencies are again reporting a rash of thefts of vehicle catalytic converters in Niles, Girard, Liberty, and Cortland.
Catalytic converter thieves are getting bolder, most recently targeting vehicles at the Eastwood Mall parking lot.