The father-son duo say they were fed up with thieves stealing catalytic converters from the company’s cars, so they took matters into their own hands.
Security cameras caught a man stealing catalytic converters from three separate vans at the Vulcan Tool Company. The man, later identified as Joshua Burns, climbed through the fence and sneaked in for about a week straight.
“You never know where it will stop,” said Ashley Webb, president of Vulcan Tool Company.
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Every time Burns showed up, Webb called the police, but by the time they showed up he was gone, so Webb and his son took the next step. I paid attention to where it came from.
From those cameras, he got a clear shot of Burns as he approached one of them trying to disguise himself, but Burns had not yet been caught. After three of his six converters are stolen, Webb and his son decide to set a trap.
They left three cars behind and bought flashlights and bats, but Burns arrived after they left. blocked method.
Webb’s son came down the hill with the bat and turned around to see Barnes in the little space behind the air conditioner.
“I just started yelling at him that if he moved even an inch, I’d beat the living sunlight,” said Ethan Webb.
Webb called the police to take Burns into custody. They said the police were “quite impressed” with their efforts.
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“Vigilante wasn’t on my to-do list for the rest of my life, but I managed to cross it off anyway,” said Ethan Webb.
Burns has since pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He was ordered to pay Webb damages.
“The total cost of repairs was about $8,500,” said Ashley Webb, who said he didn’t expect to get the money back.
Webb has learned from this and now has the Vulcan logo on every car’s catalytic converter.