Madison church cameras catch suspects trying to steal catalytic converters

MADISON, Tenn. (WKRN) — A church in Madison thanks the congregation after comments on Facebook led to two men being identified for attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a church truck. The suspects were unsuccessful but ended up claiming thousands of dollars in damages.

On any given Sunday, the Madison Church of Christ parking lot is packed with cars, but on Friday afternoon, when it’s usually quiet, security cameras focused on one car.

“Hung out for a bit and watched who was looking at her,” said Buck Dozier, a church elder.

Multiple cameras caught the two men as they entered the parking lot and checked the bus shed and began turning off the truck’s catalytic converter. One of the men crawled under the truck, saw in hand, and set to work. The two almost got away with it before they were spotted.

“They were interrupted once trying to get the converter off the truck and then they came back and were interrupted again by one of our ministers,” explained Dozier.

According to the church, this was the third time suspects had searched church grounds for catalytic converters. Last time there were two buses, one from a group from Atlanta who had come to Nashville on errands.

“Now in Nashville, it’s quite an item to steal something and get some money for it,” Dozier said. “All institutions that have buses and trucks around, even behind gates and fences, have to be on guard sometimes when people want their converters, analytical converters.”

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Church leaders told News 2 shortly after they released photos of the suspects and asked for the public’s help in identifying them, parishioners were able to identify them and gave their names to police. Madison church cameras catch suspects trying to steal catalytic converters

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