WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another would-be catalytic-converter thief gets the boot

That is an almost-stolen catalytic converter and the tool the would-be thieves had to leave behind when Edgar chased them off late last night:

Heard a clatter outside our house on the corner of 42nd and SW Brandon and found two young men taking liberties with my Lexus catalytic converter. Not my best moment but I ran out, swore at them and proceeded to kick the guy that was underneath my car and they took off in a sedan with Oregon plates. They threw their beverage at me on the way by.

A call to police ensued. SPD incident # is 21-261915.

34 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another would-be catalytic-converter thief gets the boot"

  • Karen October 4, 2021 (5:27 pm)


    • Pdiddy October 4, 2021 (9:18 pm)

      Hope it connected Solidly they deserve worse. 

  • Yes sir October 4, 2021 (5:33 pm)

    Good job Edgar, we need to catch more of these guys and confront them. Might make them think twice before doing it again. 

    • Mike October 23, 2021 (9:06 am)

      If laws were made that cats can only be sold by car repair shops and dealerships to recycling centers most of this c$#% would stop 

  • Mj October 4, 2021 (5:44 pm)

    Edgar thank you a small win for the victims of this ongoing crime.

  • chas redmond October 4, 2021 (5:57 pm)

    looks like you got yourself one nice Dewalt Sawzall.

  • sw October 4, 2021 (6:29 pm)

    Hopefully SPD will come by and take the saw as evidence, see if they can lift any prints from it.  If not, that’s a nice saw to have.  

    • Edgar October 5, 2021 (11:45 pm)

      Sadly no. Because they didn’t actually get the catalytic converter the crime committed was minimal. SPS said they might circle back if a similar suspect was caught. 

  • Also John October 4, 2021 (6:38 pm)

    Awesome!   Looks like you got yourself a new battery operating reciprocal saw.

  • rob October 4, 2021 (6:47 pm)

     nice  score thats a 150 dollar battery saw 

  • Eric October 4, 2021 (6:55 pm)

    That’s a nice saw,  trade it to a muffler shop for welding your pipe back together.You did good chasing them out of there, even though it could have been dangerous.Hope you’re ok.

  • Alki resident October 4, 2021 (7:14 pm)

    Now they’ll have to steal another saw to get more catalytic converters. 

  • Wseattleite October 4, 2021 (8:00 pm)


  • WSfan October 4, 2021 (8:31 pm)

    The catalytic converter on my Toyota was stolen in front of my house on California Ave. near Morgan Junction last week.  Glad you got these guys in time. I also reported to police. 

  • StopCuttingDownTrees October 4, 2021 (11:51 pm)

    Edgar for President! And congratulations on your new reciprocating saw. You earned it.

    • Edgar October 5, 2021 (11:56 pm)


  • Not again October 5, 2021 (12:08 am)

    Nice saw. Curious, what model  and year Lexus?

    • Edgar October 5, 2021 (11:48 pm)

      RX400h 2006 

  • DAD-D October 5, 2021 (7:53 am)

    One thing about those cat-con thieves. If you’ve seen one, you’ve Sawzall…

    • Another Dad October 5, 2021 (9:08 am)

      From one dad to another – good one!

  • AlkiBean October 5, 2021 (8:02 am)

    I hope they got a hard kick in the cajones!  

  • anonyme October 5, 2021 (8:23 am)

    I’m adding kicking guy to baseball bat guy as my favorite local heroes.  Fight back against crime!

  • Lanz October 5, 2021 (8:37 am)

    I’m sure the saw is stolen from Home Depot. 

  • S.A. October 5, 2021 (9:37 am)

    I’m surprised that there’s still so many folks who read WSB regularly enough to comment/report thefts, but haven’t taken the step of putting on a cat shield.  Please protect your investments – it’s only $200 and will literally save you thousands.

    • John October 7, 2021 (10:32 pm)

      $480 to be exact, but how would I know

  • River October 5, 2021 (11:07 am)

    Glad you caught them in the act – well done.

  • Ayo October 5, 2021 (11:43 am)

    Well done, Edgar! Thank you for delivering the boot of justice.I was curious if they drove the same car as this one:West Seattle Blog… | WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bike stolen from outside store

  • ltfd October 5, 2021 (2:20 pm)

    Hold on everybody, this is Seattle. You are supposed to say to Edgar, “If you hadn’t left your car parked in your driveway …”, or “If you hadn’t been driving an ICE vehicle …”, then the thieves wouldn’t have been tempted into committing a crime. Seriously though, GOOD JOB!

  • Brian October 5, 2021 (3:07 pm)

    Nice Edgar, glad to hear you delivered some pain to those a-holes, both physically and financially. What time did this happen? I’m asking because it can be helpful for us to track time and place when these are occurring as it may not be totally random.

    • Edgar October 6, 2021 (12:02 am)

      Just after 10pm Sunday night. We and our neighbors all had our lights on. Quiet residential neighborhood. Well lit corner. Crazy. 

    • datamuse October 6, 2021 (7:58 am)

      This didn’t happen in West Seattle, but mine was taken from my parking lot at work in broad daylight. Kinda mind-blowing.

  • John October 5, 2021 (10:11 pm)

    You are the lucky one Edgar,do you have a physical description of these rotten  hoods and the OR license vehicle they were driving?  Their time will come.

    • Edgar October 5, 2021 (11:55 pm)

      Two young guys, 18-21, slim builds, 5’9 or so, Asian. They were brazen and cocky, even after I yelled and carried on. It was just after 10pm on a Sunday so all my neighbors were up with lights on. Car was a sedan but not sure what it was. 

  • Ly October 6, 2021 (11:28 am)

    I hope you gave them a really hard kick!Best moment!

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