Police Interrupt Catalytic Converter Theft in Progress at Apartment Complex on East Central Rd Arlington Heights

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Terrell L. Davidson, charged with possession of stolen motor vehicle at the scene of a catalytic converter theft in progress (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Terrell L. Davidson, charged with possession of stolen motor vehicle at the scene of a catalytic converter theft in progress (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).

Arlington Heights Police officers were dispatched about September 24, 2022, at approximately 4:30 a.m., to a condominium complex in the block 1400 block of East Central Road for a possible catalytic converter theft in progress. A suspicious vehicle with several subjects walking around the parking lot in the area of the Central Park East Apartments and the Dana Point Condominiums prompted a resident to call 9-1-1.




Responding officers arrived and interrupted a catalytic converter theft in progress. Suspects entered the described suspicious vehicle and attempted to elude police by fleeing the area. The vehicle traveled a short distance before becoming disabled after driving over a large landscape boulder. Several occupants of the vehicle ran from the scene and officers quickly apprehended one subject, later identified as the defendant, Terrell L. Davidson.

Blue 2018 Jaguar F-Pace

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Nine Catalytic Converters recovered in stolen SUV hatchback (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Nine Catalytic Converters recovered in stolen SUV hatchback (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).

A perimeter was quickly established with mutual aid assistance provided by officers from Elk Grove, Mount Prospect and Rolling Meadows police departments. Arlington Heights Police Department deployed a drone with thermal imaging capabilities in search of the individuals who fled. The search effort did not locate additional suspects.




Officers determined the suspect vehicle, a blue 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, was recently stolen from downtown Chicago. A Florida license plate attached to the Jaguar had also been reported stolen to the Moline, Illinois police. A vehicle inventory was conducted which resulted in the recovery of nine stolen catalytic converters and three loaded Glock handguns, each with an extended magazine — one with a laser sight. Lift and power tools used to steal catalytic converters were also recovered from inside the stolen Jaguar.

Glock model 17, 9mm with extended magazine and laser sights found in the rear seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Glock model 17, 9mm with extended magazine and laser sights found in the rear seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).

Detectives reviewed known case facts with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, resulting in felony charges being filed against the defendant.

According to the Arlington Heights Police Department, this case serves as an example of … “See Something, Say Something.” A member of the public observed suspicious activity and promptly called 9-1-1 which allowed for swift police intervention. Arlington Heights Police encourage the public to call 9-1-1 when suspicious activity is observed and highly recommends refraining from becoming actively involved.

Multiple handguns recovered from inside the offenders’ vehicle highly suggests intervention by a person challenging a catalytic converter thief could result in a fatal encounter.




Terrell L. Davidson, male, age 29-years of the 5800 block of West Division Street, Chicago Illinois was charged with …

1.) Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle – 625 ILCS 5/4-103 (Class 2 Felony)

2.) Theft Over $500 – 720 ILCS 5/16-1 (Class 3 Felony), and

3.) Obstructing a Peace Officer – 720 ILCS 5.31-1-A (Class A Misdemeanor)

A Bond Hearing is scheduled for Sunday September 25, 2022 – Cook County Court 1st District, Chicago.

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Glock model 23, .40 caliber with extended magazine found in the rear seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Glock model 23, .40 caliber with extended magazine found in the rear seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).
Glock model 19, 9mm with extended magazine found in the front seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Glock model 19, 9mm with extended magazine found in the front seat (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).

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