Police: Man arrested after attempted catalytic converter theft, found in creek in Vinton

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Image courtesy of Vinton Police Department

VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — Police took a Bedford County man — who was found hiding in a creek — into custody on Monday after being called out to a Vinton business for an attempted catalytic converter theft.

The Vinton Police Department says officers responded to the business shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 following reports of a man tampering with a vehicle and trying to steal a catalytic converter.

When police arrived at the scene, they learned the man had run off toward Vinyard Park, where he was eventually discovered hiding in a creek.

According to the department, officers tried to get the man to get out of the creek, but in the end, the officers had to get in the water to apprehend him.

Police identified the man as 60-year-old John Keesee of Bedford County.

Authorities say they obtained warrants against Keesee for grand larceny, trespassing, and giving false identity to law enforcement.

“Vinton officers along with the community were able to work in unison, gather and share critical information, and bring the incident to a successful conclusion,” the Vinton Police Department wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Police stress the importance of staying aware of your surroundings, offering these tips to keep you from becoming a victim of catalytic converter theft:

  • Park in well-lit areas or garages
  • Consider installing motion sensor lighting systems
  • Install an anti-theft device on your catalytic converter with your vehicle’s VIN

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