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Georgia Man Crushed To Death While Attempting To Steal Catalytic Converter

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A man was crushed to death while attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a local business in Georgia, according to police.

Chatham County Police Department detectives believe an accidental death last Tuesday at a local business resulted from an attempted catalytic converter theft.

Chatham County Police Department officers were called to Prestige Auto Sales at 4513 Ogeechee Road around 9:15 a.m. on March 7, 2023, after a deceased adult male was found under a vehicle in the car lot.

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Police say evidence at the scene indicates that the man was killed while illegally removing a catalytic converter from the vehicle, and the vehicle fell on top of him.

The deceased was identified as 32-year-old Matthew Eric Smith.

In 2022, 39 catalytic converters were stolen in 24 separate incidents in unincorporated Chatham County.

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