It’s no secret that catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in western Washington. Woodinville is no exception to the new wave of car crimes.
One suspected thief was arrested in the parking lot of the AMC movie theatre in Woodinville just before 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. A King County deputy was conducting an area check in the theatre’s parking lot after an increase in catalytic converter thefts in the area.
As the deputy was driving around the southeast portion of the lot, he noticed a male standing next to a white pickup truck. When the male noticed he was being watched by the officer, he walked away.
After moving closer to the man’s truck, the deputy saw the truck’s front passenger door was open in the rain. Parked next to the truck was a Toyota Corolla with a jack lifting the vehicle on the passenger side. A flashlight and other tools were on the ground.
The deputy contacted a detective who told him there had been three separate catalytic converter charges against the man associated with the same truck. A check on the owner of the truck revealed the man had a suspended license.
The deputy drove out of view and waited for the man to return to his truck. An hour later, the man returned and drove off in the truck.
Knowing the male's license was suspended, the detective activated his patrol car's emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop. The patrol deputy, in his marked vehicle, made the arrest for Driving While License Suspended (DWLS).
Inside the truck, the deputy saw a metal cutting tool and eye protection glasses.
The man was arrested and booked into jail for driving with a suspended license and a previously pending catalytic converter theft charge.