Catalytic converter thieves fire gun after security guard spots them in South Loop: CPD report

The 2100 block of South Prairie (center) runs behind the Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel. | Google

Chicago — Catalytic converter thieves fired a gun after a security guard saw them trying to steal part of a vehicle behind the Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel in the South Loop on Sunday morning, according to a Chicago police report. As a bonus, the offenders escaped in a car that was carjacked last weekend.

The thieves were stealing the catalytic converter from a Toyota Prius in the 2100 block of South Prairie, not far from the hotel loading dock, when a security guard saw them around 6:10 a.m.

Two men ran from the Prius and jumped into another car when the guard approached them, the report said. As the thieves escaped in their getaway car, one fired a gun, but no injuries were reported.

The offenders got away in a black Nissan Altima bearing Florida license plates, the report said. According to CPD records, the Nissan was carjacked in the 7900 block of South Bennett on November 13.

One of the catalytic converter thieves was described as a Black male wearing a black hoodie with gray sweatpants.

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