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One arrested after attempting to steal catalytic converters at local car dealership

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Posted at 6:44 AM, Mar 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-07 07:44:44-05

An Opelousas man was arrested Saturday after allegedly being caught attempting to steal catalytic converters from a local dealership.

Opelousas Police say they responded to calls from a security monitoring service who reported observing a person jump over the fence of the dealership in the 5800 block of I-49 Service Road.

Upon arrival, officers were able to locate the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Ethan Ryder, who allegedly attempted to flee on foot.

Ryder was captured after a short chase and taken into custody, according to OPD.

Police say they allegedly recovered a catalytic converter and tools used to commit the crime following Ryder's arrest.

Ryder was booked on one count of Simple Burglary and one count of Resisting Arrest.

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