Alleged Thieves Start Shaking Violently as Fed-up Residents Close Trap, Deliver Epic Lesson


The problem with stealing a car’s catalytic converter — at least from the thief’s perspective — is that they’re trapped under the car when they’re removing the emissions-control devices.

That was a problem for two alleged, would-be thieves in Turlock, California; a fed-up family that endured six prior theft attempts created a trap on Oct. 4, resulting in the burglars running off — and one heck of a viral video.

According to Sacramento’s KXTV, the family chased the two men off using paintball guns as they tried to get the catalytic converter from under their SUV in broad daylight.

“The brazen attempt happened Oct. 4 just before 12:30 p.m.,” the station reported, “Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Mike Parmley said two men were trying to take the catalytic converter from the family’s 2000 Ford Excursion.”

They failed, and in beautiful fashion:


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The two would-be thieves heard the shots from the paintball guns and quickly worked to remove themselves from the trap, shimmying out from under the SUV and getting into a red getaway car parked in front of the home.

“A frustrated resident of the home is captured on home surveillance shooting the two male suspects, multiple times, with a paint ball gun,” Parmley told reporters.

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The video shows the two men sawing into the device to try to loose it, only temporarily startled by the car alarm. The family, however, noticed it — as well they should. Parmley said this was the seventh attempted catalytic converter theft they’d suffered.

The family didn’t want to be identified by name or on camera. However, they said out of the seven thefts, three have caused damage to the car. This time, they added, the thieves came closest to getting the entire converter off.

Sgt. Parmley, however, discouraged people from…


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