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

An Opelousas man was arrested on Saturday after he was allegedly caught stealing catalytic converters from a local dealership.

Opelousas police say they responded to calls from a security watch service that reported observing a person jump over the dealership’s fence 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 recovered a catalytic converter and tools used in the crime after Ryder’s arrest.

Ryder was convicted on one count of simple burglary and one count of resisting arrest.

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