After seven catalytic converter theft attempts, a frustrated Turlock family said they took matters into their own hands and chased off the would-be thieves.
A blitzkrieg of paintballs pelted catalytic converter criminals who were caught red-handed. A family unleashed a paintball attack on unsuspecting thieves who were attempting to steal catalytic converters from vehicles in the driveway of a California home.
In broad daylight, two men attempted to steal catalytic converters from two trucks parked in the driveway of a home in Turlock, California. Around 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, two men tried to steal the catalytic converter from a 2000 Ford Excursion, according to Turlock Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Mike Parmley.
A car alarm sounded momentarily, but the men go back underneath the vehicle after the noise stops.
Family members caught wind of the attempted theft and thwarted the thieves by unleashing a paintball barrage.
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.
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.
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 scaring catalytic converter thieves off.
“Despite having the right to defend your own property, these types of actions could be very unsafe. Upon confronting individuals committing crimes, their actions are often unpredictable and could lead to intervening citizens becoming victims of an assault or more serious crime,” he said.
Unfortunately, it’s not like police have been very successful in stopping theft of the devices; thefts of catalytic converters have soared nationally, and California has been hit particularly bad.
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