UNION COUNTY, N.C. — A antheral who was successful the process of trying to bargain a catalytic converter was killed erstwhile the car helium was beneath fell connected him, authorities said.
According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called Wednesday evening to a location connected West Unionville Indian Trail Road.
When they got to the scene, investigators recovered a antheral dormant underneath a Toyota Prius.
“The homeowner pulls into the driveway,” said James Maye, with the Union County Sheriff’s Office. “He’s got aggregate vehicles successful his driveway and sees fundamentally the little fractional of a idiosyncratic sticking retired from the beforehand bumper of his Toyota Prius.”
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Detectives said they recovered grounds indicating that the antheral was successful the process of cutting disconnected and stealing the car’s catalytic converter. At immoderate constituent during the cutting of the exhaust pipe, the Prius fell disconnected the jack, crushing the man.
“It appears the conveyance fell down connected apical of him portion helium was trying to chopped the catalytic converter off,” Maye said.
Deputies said the antheral did not unrecorded astatine the home. His sanction has not been released.
“A catalytic converter and the tiny magnitude of scrap worth it holds is not worthy the hazard of losing your life,” the sheriff’s bureau said successful a release.
The probe is ongoing.
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