Atlanta citizens capture suspected catalytic converter thief and hold him for police


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A group of Atlanta residents chased a man suspected of stealing a catalytic converter and detained him until police arrived.

Officers responded to a report of a suspect stealing a catalytic converter from the 100 block of Hilliard Street at approximately 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, police said.

Body camera footage showing citizens detaining a man suspected of stealing car parts.
(Atlanta Police Department)

Upon arrival, officers found the suspect being held by citizens who said they had witnessed the crime. A man said he heard a power tool being used under a parked car.

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Citizens told police the suspect – later identified as 42-year-old Patrick Jorel York – fled the area taking the vehicle’s catalytic converter and tools. Neighbors chased the man and held him at Grant and Decatur St. and held him pending police.

Responding officers arrested York and located the owner of the stolen car part. Police also recovered battery-operated tools and additional saw blades.

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York is charged with theft, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and possession of marijuana. Police said York had been arrested at least 16 times prior to this incident.


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