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Chicago man allegedly attempts to steal catalytic converter

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An image of a catalytic converter via Shutterstock

Deonte Weekley, 27, of Chicago has been arrested after allegedly attempting to remove a catalytic converter from a vehicle in Union City, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. On July 30, the North Hudson Catalytic Converter Task Force charged him with multiple offenses.

The task force, formed to investigate the recent rash of catalytic convertor thefts, includes the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, the Union City Police Department, the North Bergen Police Department, the Weehawken Police Department, and the West New York Police Department.

Weekley has been charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft, a crime of the third-degree; Conspiracy to Commit Theft, a crime of the third- degree; Obstruction, a crime of the fourth-degree; Resisting Arrest, a crime of the fourth-degree; and Possession of Burglary Tools; a Disorderly Persons offense.

Caught red-handed

At approximately 2:17 a.m., plainclothes detectives from the North Hudson Catalytic Converter Task Force observed a 2006 gray Infiniti M35X bearing New Jersey temporary registration tags blocking a driveway on the 3700 block of Hudson Ave. in Union City.

According to authorities, the vehicle’s trunk was open, and two unidentified males were observed exiting the vehicle and running southbound on Hudson Ave. The vehicle was left with the engine running and the trunk open as plainclothes detectives pursued the individuals on foot.

Upon checking the area, detectives observed a 2007 Gray Mitsubishi Outlander parked immediately south of the Infiniti, and a car floor jack. The mechanical lifting device was observed under the Outlander, and the Outlander’s front left passenger side was lifted by the floor jack. Close to the floor jack, detectives located a sawzall on the sidewalk.

Task Force detectives located Weekley hiding under a tarp on the property of a daycare center at 118 37th St. He was taken into custody without incident. The other suspect remains at large.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, Union City Police Department, the North Bergen Police Department, the Weehawken Police Department, the West New York Police Department and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, with the investigation and arrests.

The above charges are merely accusations. Weekley is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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