Video shows catalytic converter being sawed off steps from Lincoln Park shooting scene — while cops were supposedly “flooding” the area

Just 48 hours after surveillance cameras recorded the horrible robbery and shooting of Dakotah Earley in Lincoln Park, the same security system recorded brazen thieves sawing a catalytic converter off a car less than 50 yards away.

Just 48 hours after recording a horrible robbery and shooting, a Lincoln Park homeowner’s surveillance system captured a catalytic converter theft yards away. | Provided

“It would be nice if we could go a week without a crime out front,” said the homeowner.

Making the bold theft even more remarkable is that the ear-splitting saw echoed through the neighborhood while it was supposedly flooded with police resources in response to Earley’s shooting and a two-day robbery surge. Watch:

The video shows a white car pulling to a stop on the 1300 block of West Webster around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Three men get out and one crawls under a parked car. The driver and an accomplice stand as lookouts.

Then the sawing begins. And it is not subtle. Then, there’s a second long blast as the thief goes back in for another sawing session.

After loading the severed catalytic converter into their trunk, the crew drives away.

A second camera, the one that recorded the robbery and shooting of Earley just 48 hours and 25 minutes earlier, shows them driving past the shooting scene. After passing through the intersection, the car backs up and turns onto Wayne.

There, out of the range of cameras, they cut the catalytic converter off another car.

Not a single cop is seen, despite the overwhelming amount of noise and the proximity to Friday’s brazen shooting.

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