It was a rare moment in Lincoln Sunday morning when a car alarm actually alarmed everyone around that a crime was underway. Even better, it was a crime that has frustrated many vehicle owners: The theft of catalytic converters.
Police say a woman found 37-year old Darrell Damme under her Hyundai Santa Fe about 4:45am which was parked outside a business at 2805 NW 48th Street. He ran from the scene but he could not hide from Dexter the Lincoln police canine. Dexter and his handler found Damme. Police say Damme had saw blades and gloves.
He was arrested for attempted theft and possession of burglar’s tools. Police are investigating whether Damme might be involved with an increasing number of catalytic convert thefts over recent months.
Thieves go after the auto part because of the precious metals inside.