Catalytic converter thief fires gun when confronted in Wallingford

Police are warning people to try to avoid confronting thieves after a shot was fired from a gun during a Wallingford catalytic converter theft.

No one was injured during the weekend theft, which police said involved a brown, 2011 or newer Honda Accord that may have had a Massachusetts license plate. They released a surveillance picture from the scene.

It happened at 69 South Turnpike Road about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, police said. A victim saw what was going on and interrupted the theft, after which one of the three male thieves wearing ski masks chambered and fired a round from a handgun. The thieves left in the brown car.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Wallingford Det. Kajtor at 203-294-2846. (Case number: 22-8168).

Police warned people to call police when they see a crime taking place or, better yet, when they suspect a crime is about to happen.

“It’s always best to let police handle a dangerous situation, however, always use extreme caution when making a decision to confront someone committing a crime,” they said.

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