2 men arrested, 200+ catalytic converters seized on Chicago’s West Side

Vincent Parks (left) and Marzel Woodard are seen with a photo of the catalytic converters by CPD. | Chicago Police Department

Chicago police arrested two men and recovered over 200 catalytic converters from a building on the city’s West Side on Friday.

More details about the allegations against the men will be released when they appear in bond court on Saturday afternoon.

Marzel Woodard and Vincent Parks, both 36, are charged with aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Woodard is also charged with organized aggravated vehicle theft conspiracy, police said.

Possessing a stolen critical piece of an automobile, such as a catalytic converter, is equivalent to having the entire vehicle under Illinois law.

The arrests and recovery, made in the 4500 block of West North Avenue, were part of an ongoing investigation by the Major Auto Thefts Investigations Unit.

In addition to finding hundreds of catalytic converters, police allegedly found equipment commonly used to steal the devices from vehicles, police said.

CWBChicago will publish a full update with all the details about the case after Saturday’s court hearing.

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