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A Seattle man is cooling his heels in the Chelan County Jail after being arrested in connection with thefts in the parking lot of the East Wenatchee Costco store last week.

East Wenatchee Police responded Thursday afternoon to multiple reports of two males cutting off catalytic converters from vehicles in the Costco parking lot. The suspects were spotted driving a “United Rentals” truck with Indiana plates.

Police located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot behind the JCPenney store in Wenatchee. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled. Under current Washington law, officers were unable to pursue the fleeing suspect.

But police caught up with the truck on the north end of Wenatchee, as it had lost control and was stuck in the snow. As East Wenatchee Officers responded to the area, the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot, but after a short distance, the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect, a 39-year-old Seattle resident, was booked into the jail without incident and charged with First Degree Theft, First Degree Possession of Stolen Property, Second Degree Vehicle Prowl, First Degree Malicious Mischief, Felony Attempt to Elude, and Third Degree Driving While License Suspended.

A search warrant was executed on the “United Rentals” truck. Officers were able to recover 6 stolen catalytic converters with an estimated value of $5500.00. East Wenatchee Officers were able to identify and return two of the stolen catalytic converters. Police were asking any victims of a catalytic converter theft to give Rivercom a call at 509-663-9911.

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