Catalytic converter thieves apprehended

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Three men were arrested by the Dearborn Police Department last month in connection with catalytic converter thefts in the city.

The DPD also assisted other law enforcement agencies in the capture of three more suspects who are believed to have removed converters from vehicles across Wayne County.

The first arrest were made by DPD officers on June 16 after it was reported to police that a converter theft was in progress at Fairlane Town Center.

A witness said he heard a saw cutting and observed a black male under an Oldsmobile Silhouette. He also reported that two black females were near the scene too. One seemed to be on the lookout and another was waiting inside of a blue Chrysler PT Cruiser.

The DPD arrived, located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. All three suspects were arrested and two catalytic converters, a saw and numerous saw blades were discovered in the vehicle.

The suspects arrested were 24-year-old Whitney McDonald of Detroit; 19-year-old Delmar Williams of Eastpointe; and 22-year-old Angela Johnson of Detroit.

All three were arraigned in 19th District Court before Judge William Hultgren on charges of felony larceny from a vehicle, malicious destruction of property and receiving and concealing stolen property.

A bond of $10,000 cash was placed for McDonald and Williams and a $5,000 cash bond for Johnson. All bonds are under the conditions that the suspects do not return to Fairlane Town Center and wear Global Positioning System tethers. All three were bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad commended the witness for helping the police by reporting the crime quickly.

It was also reported by the DPD that Dearborn Special Operations Auto Theft Unit Officers assisted in the apprehension of three men suspected of stealing catalytic converters throughout Wayne County.

The DPD worked with police units from Redford, Southfield and Detroit as well as Wayne State University police to arrest the suspects.

The DPD became involved with the case after an attempted larceny of a converter in the parking lot of the Eastborn Fruit Market on June 21. A white Jeep Liberty was reported as being a vehicle of interest, and Special Operations officers began conducting an investigation into recent converter thefts in the city.

On June 27 they began surveillance of a white Jeep in Clinton Township and followed it through Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Officers observed the occupants of the Jeep exiting the vehicle and stealing a catalytic converter off another vehicle. The suspects were immediately arrested and seven stolen catalytic converters were recovered.

The suspects were Deshaun Parker, 30, of Detroit; Corey Hough, 31, of Detroit; and Tyrone Daniel, 27, of Clinton Township.

All three were arraigned in 17th District Court before Judge Karen Khalil and each face six counts of felony larceny from vehicle, felony selling of non-ferrous metals and each with habitual foutth offender status. All were given a $750,000, 10 percent bond.

“I would like to commend the officers from all of the involved departments for the multi-jurisdictional investigation,” Haddad said.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)

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