Two men arrested for theft of catalytic converters from Niles business
Two men were arrested in Niles after police were dispatched to Penn Care on North Rd. Saturday at approximately 4:18 p.m. after a call reporting a theft in progress.
Officers were advised that two men wearing dark jackets and blue jeans were cutting a catalytic converter off of a vehicle and leaving through a hole in the rear fence.
Upon arrival to the scene, police observed the two suspects walking through a field behind the business carrying the catalytic converter as well as a black bag. Upon noticing the officer, the suspects dropped the converter and attempted to walk away.
Both suspects escaped through a hole in a fence leading to the service mode and attempted to flee.
Both suspects, David Zadai (34) and Robert Cherry (47) were soon apprehended by police.
Dispatch advised officers that Cherry had an active warrant for his arrest out of Trumbull County. Police seized the black bag from Cherry and found a Dewalt Sawzall, two packs of sawzall blades, bolt cutters and a black knife.
While in police custody, Zadai told officers he had swallowed a bag of methamphetamine and felt like he was overdosing. Fire and Lanes were requested to the scene and Zadai was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Both suspects are now in Trumbull County Jail.
Cherry was charged with Obstructing Official Business, Breaking and Entering, Possessing Criminal Tools and Vandalism. Zadai was charged with Obstructing Official Business, Breaking and Entering, Vandalism and Receiving Stolen Property.
Penn Care has been victim to catalytic converter theft in the past. In April of 2021, another suspect was arrested for stealing catalytic converters from the business.