Massachusetts man hides from police after alleged theft of catalytic converter

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – Officers searched the woods behind Anchor Subaru last month to find a man hiding in some bushes and a backpack nearby holding a catalytic converter believed to have been stolen off of a vehicle in the parking lot of the dealership.

Timothy White, 46, of Abington, was charged with vandalism, larceny, tampering with a vehicle and obstructing an officer following the incident on Tuesday, June 21.

Police were called to the car dealership around 10:30 p.m. for an alarm, and reports of a man walking through the parking lot, and spotted a a person walking toward the wood line by Sayles Hill Road, according to reports.

After briefly losing sight of the individual, officers reportedly located a man lying in some picky bushes in a heavily wooded area. The suspect initially told officers he was sleeping and refused to provide his name, according to reports. He also said there was another man in the woods dressed like him, but officers soon found a backpack containing a catalytic converter and a handheld saw around ten feet from where the suspect had been hiding.

White later admitted to stealing the item, according to police.

White was arraigned in 3rd District Court and released on bond. He has a pre-trial conference scheduled for July 12.

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