EVERETT – For the second time in the last eight days, the Everett Police Department has arrested a suspect for attempting to steal a catalytic converter.

According to police, on Dec. 15, at about 6 a.m., officers responded to the 2500 block of Howard Ave after a victim called 911 to report a male under her vehicle attempting to steal her car’s catalytic converter. Police said the male suspect left the scene as a passenger in a black Acura, which officers found nearby. The male suspect fled from the vehicle, but the driver stayed to talk with officers. The driver confessed that they were aware that the suspect was stealing catalytic converters, transported him from the theft, and even let him use a jack to get under a victim’s vehicle.

As a result of the 43-year-old Lynnwood drivers’ conversation with police, officers were able to develop probable cause to arrest and book the driver into the Snohomish County Jail on a theft charge.  Police are still investigating the case and looking for the male suspect who fled from the vehicle.

Just after 8:30 p.m. last night, officers were dispatched to a central Everett business when a report came in that a male suspect was seen on security camera’s prowling vehicles inside a fenced area.

Upon arrival on the scene, police discovered a hold in the fence large enough for a person to get through and heard a power tool cutting through metal. Officers proceeded to surround the property and activated their emergency lights and sirens. Police then saw a male suspect running around with a saw in his hand.

After the male refused to come out, a police K-9 unit located the man, and he was taken into custody without incident. During the officer’s investigation, the 40-year-old Lake Stevens man told officers he attempted cutting a part off a vehicle that officers later identified as a catalytic converter. Like the previous week’s arrest, officers were able to develop probable cause and booked the male suspect into the Snohomish County Jail on charges of burglary, attempted theft, and malicious mischief.

Daniel Albert is an Award-Winning journalist majoring in Integrated Strategic Communications at Washington State University.