Man filmed by security camera steals catalytic converter out of truck with saw

31-year-old Robert Bonds was charged with theft of property and possession of burglary tools after video surveillance shows him using a saw to steal a man’s catalytic converter then found four days later.

On September 23rd, Anilbhai Patel reported a theft of his catalytic converter with an approximate value of $1,080 from his 2008 Toyota Tacoma. Patel stated that the vehicle was parked at the Econo Lodge located at 6045 Macon Cove. Video surveillance shows Robert Bonds who officers believed to be responsible for the theft. He used a reciprocal saw that he kept in a black and yellow DeWalt handbag. It also showed that he was occupying a red Dodge Ram truck with a ladder rack, two toolboxes in the bed, a white bumper sticker on the driver side of the rear bumper, and the rear bumper was bent down.

Robert Bonds (SCSO)
Robert Bonds (SCSO)

On September 27th, Appling Farms Task Force Officers noticed a Dodge Ram matching the vehicle seen in the video during the theft at Summer and Sycamore View. The officer, at this point, made a traffic stop and located Robert Bonds as the driver. Bonds matched the description of the man who stole the catalytic converter. Before the truck was towed a search was conducted and officers located a reciprocating saw with used blades as well as several other tools. The reciprocal saw and bag match the ones seen on the surveillance footage at the time of the theft.

Robert Bond was charged with theft of property and possession of burglary tools and was released on his own recognizance.

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