Humane Society van repaired after catalytic converter was stolen

A car shop offered to replace the catalytic converter free of charge.

BEAUMONT, Texas — After thieves stole the catalytic converter from the Humane Society of Southeast Texas pickup truck, 12News viewers saw the story and stepped up to help.

The theft occurred in the parking lot of the Humane Society of Southeast Texas on April 24, 2022, at around 9:30 p.m. The entire incident was filmed.

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Members of the Humane Society said it took just four minutes for the catalytic converter to be removed from the shelter van. In the video, a dark figure is seen crossing the parking lot and passing under the van.

The suspect allegedly shut off the converter and took off. Members of the association did not learn of the theft until the following morning.

“It’s been a wild ride, excuse the pun I guess,” Taylor Westphal said with the Humane Society.

A car shop offered to replace the catalytic converter free of charge.

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As soon as store owner Tim Baker heard the news, he immediately reached out to complete the repair.

Not only did he replace the converter, but the shop performed several other repairs on the Humane Society van at no cost.

“He fixed more than the catalytic converter,” Westphal said. “I mean he replaced 02 sensors and did a full tune up on the van. We really appreciate that.”

Westphal said Southeast Texas continued to offer support when needed, even knowing their van was being repaired.

Watch the video below of the suspect stealing the catalytic converter from the Humane Society of Southeast Texas pickup truck.

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