CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — With some help from the community, Campbell County authorities arrested a Lynchburg man after he reportedly tried to steal a catalytic converter.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched to a report of a larceny in progress in the Drinkard Road area off Route 460 around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
According to authorities, the complainant told them a thin man was underneath his vehicle and trying to something from it with a battery-operated saw.
The sheriff’s office says the man — later identified as 33-year-old David Martin of Lynchburg — ran away from the scene.
After community members reported seeing Martin around the area of Thomas Terrace Market, officials say Deputy Bryant and Deputy Bevington responded to the scene and took Martin into custody without incident.
According to the sheriff’s office, warrants were then obtained for attempted petit larceny, petit larceny, and felony property damage.
Martin reportedly told deputies he was trying to remove the catalytic converter from the complainant’s vehicle.
Over the last few months, Campbell County authorities say they have received several complaints about catalytic converters being stolen from dealerships and residential areas.
“We know these crimes are frustrating and we are doing everything we can to work to prevent them and solve them when they happen,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook on Thursday, Dec. 2.
In order to help community members keep their property safe, officials shared the following safety tips:
- If possible, keep your personal vehicles within eyeshot of your home rather than parked in the shadows far from the house.
- Periodically check on any vehicles you don’t use often — such as church vans, delivery vehicles, “fixer-uppers,” etc. — and store them in a well-lit place where you can see them.
- Park any “for sale” vehicles in areas that are both well-lit and monitored.
- Report any suspicious activity to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9580 or the Crime Stoppers Hot Line at 1-888-798-1500.
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