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Hyattsville Woman Nabbed for Catalytic Converter Theft

A witness says two people were tampering with a vehicle on Crofton Boulevard early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Anne Arundel County Police arrested two people, including one Hyattsville woman, early Tuesday morning after they allegedly removed the catalytic converter from a vehicle in Crofton.

Officers from the Western District responded at about 1 a.m. Tuesday to the 1600 block of Crofton Boulevard for a report of two suspects tampering with an automobile.

Police reportedly located a car pulling out of a parking lot in the area. An investigation revealed the occupants had two catalytic converters along with miscellaneous power tools in their car.

Mark Smith, 26, of the 200 block of Glen Court in Pasadena and Heather Usher, 33, of the 5800 block of 40th Avenue in Hyattsville were charged in connection with this incident. They also had open warrants for various offenses, according to a press release from police.

"Both were arrested on their open warrants and also charged with multiple counts of malicious destruction of property," said police spokesman Justin Mulcahy in an email to Patch.

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