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Thief caught in the act damages church van

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 11:07 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Despite a neighbor stopping a thief from stealing their catalytic converter, a local church still faces a hefty repair bill.

The attempted theft happened around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at New Hope Baptist Church, 101 S. Main in Black Oak.

Deputy Dustin Norwood stated someone tried to cut the catalytic converter off the church’s 2012 Ford Windstar van when a man who lives behind the church “scared the suspect off.”

Although the crook didn’t get away with the pricey part, they did leave behind $500 in damages.

The initial incident report did not provide a description of the suspect.

Anyone with information on this attempted theft should call the sheriff’s office or Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (7867).

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