Police break up ongoing catalytic converter theft from apartment complex on East Central Rd Arlington Heights – Cardinal News

Terrell L. Davidson, charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle at the scene of an ongoing catalytic converter theft (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).

Arlington Heights police were dispatched around September 24, 2022 at approximately 4:30 a.m. to a condominium complex in the 1400 block of East Central Road for a possible catalytic converter theft in progress. A suspicious vehicle with several subjects walking around the parking lot in the area of ​​Central Park East Apartments and Dana Point Condominiums prompted a resident to call 9-1-1.

Responders arrived and disrupted a catalytic converter theft in progress. The suspects entered the suspect vehicle described and attempted to evade police by fleeing the area. The vehicle traveled a short distance before breaking down after rolling over a large landscape rock. Several occupants of the vehicle ran from the scene and officers quickly apprehended a subject, later identified as the accused, Terrell L. Davidson.

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Nine catalytic converters recovered from a stolen SUV sedan (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Nine catalytic converters recovered from a stolen SUV sedan (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).

A perimeter was quickly established with the mutual aid of officers from the Elk Grove, Mount Prospect and Rolling Meadows Police Departments. The Arlington Heights Police Department deployed a drone with thermal imaging capabilities to search for those who fled. Search efforts failed to locate any other suspects.

Officers determined that the suspect vehicle, a blue 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, was recently stolen in downtown Chicago. A Florida license plate attached to the Jaguar had also been reported stolen to police in Moline, Illinois. A vehicle inventory was conducted, resulting in the recovery of nine stolen catalytic converters and three loaded Glock handguns, each with an extended magazine – one with a laser sight. Lifting and power tools used to steal catalytic converters were also recovered from inside the stolen Jaguar.

Model 17.9mm Glock with extended magazine and laser sights found in rear seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Model 17.9mm Glock with extended magazine and laser sights found in rear seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).

Detectives reviewed the known facts of the case with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, resulting in the filing of felony charges against the accused.

According to the Arlington Heights Police Department, this case serves as an example of… “See something, say something.” A member of the public observed suspicious activity and promptly called 9-1-1, prompting a quick police response. Arlington Heights Police encourage the public to call 9-1-1 when suspicious activity is observed and strongly recommend that they refrain from becoming actively involved.

Several handguns recovered from inside the offenders’ vehicle strongly suggest that intervention by someone challenging a catalytic converter thief could result in a fatal encounter.

Terrell L. Davidson, Male, 29, of the 5800 block of West Division Street, Chicago Illinois has been charged with…

1.) Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle – 625 ILCS 5/4-103 (Class 2 felony)

2.) Theft over $500 – 720 ILCS 5/16-1 (Class 3 felony), and

3.) Obstructing a Peace Officer – 720 ILCS 5.31-1-A (Class A Misdemeanor)

A bond hearing is scheduled for Sunday, September 25, 2022 – Cook County Court 1st District, Chicago.

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Glock model 23, .40 caliber with extended magazine found in rear seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Glock model 23, .40 caliber with extended magazine found in rear seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).
Model 19.9mm Glock with extended magazine found in front seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Glock model 19.9mm with extended magazine found in front seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).