Southfield police seek help locating catalytic converter thieves

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published May 22, 2019

 Police are looking for this man wanted in connection with a recent catalytic converter theft on campus at Lawrence Technological University.

Police are looking for this man wanted in connection with a recent catalytic converter theft on campus at Lawrence Technological University.

Photo provided by the Southfield Police Department

 The suspects’ vehicle is described as a dark blue 2007-09 model four-door Saturn Outlook or Saturn Vue with tinted rear windows.

The suspects’ vehicle is described as a dark blue 2007-09 model four-door Saturn Outlook or Saturn Vue with tinted rear windows.

Photo provided by the Southfield Police Department

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SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police Department and security at a local college are seeking the public’s help in locating two men in connection with catalytic converter thefts.

Campus security at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, told Southfield police that there was a suspicious incident on campus at around 7:25 a.m. May 9.

According to police, two men were observed by a witness pulling in next to and crawling under vehicles while holding a battery-operated saw.

Police said this type of behavior is consistent with the theft of catalytic converters.

The first suspect is described as a black man, possibly in his late 20s, with a medium build. During the incident, he was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt, a black knit hat and dark pants.

The second suspect is also described as a black man, possibly in his late 20s, with a medium build. During the incident, he was wearing a dark gray sweatshirt or jacket, police said.

The suspects’ vehicle is described as a dark blue 2007-09 model four-door Saturn Outlook or Saturn Vue with tinted rear windows.

There is no license plate information at this time, police said.

Police are also looking into several other catalytic converter thefts that occurred over the week of May 6-12:

• Between the early morning hours of May 5 and 8:07 a.m. May 6 in the 18000 block of Nine Mile Road.

• Between 5:30 a.m. May 6 and 8:15 a.m. May 7 in the 15000 block of 11 Mile Road.

• Between 3:32 a.m. May 7 and 2 p.m. May 8 in the 28000 block of Greenfield Road.

• At around 6:58 a.m. May 9 in the 26000 block of Northwestern Highway.

LTU Media Relations Director Matt Roush said the university is working with the Southfield Police Department.

“Lawrence Tech’s campus is under video surveillance with our security officers on duty around the clock. We have provided the videotape to the Southfield Police Department,” Roush said in an email.

Acting Police Chief Nick Loussia said the incidents remain under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

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