2 arrested in Virginia Beach for allegedly stealing car parts

The investigation began when someone heard what sounded like a saw running in the parking lot of South Beach Apartments near 19th Street and Pavillion Drive.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach police have arrested two people suspected of stealing catalytic converters, an expensive car part.

The police department spokesman said the situation began shortly before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday when someone heard what sounded like a saw in the parking lot of South Beach Apartments near 19th Street and Pavillion. Drive.

Officers discovered that there was one car in this lot that did not have a catalytic converter.

The witness told officers about a truck that may have been driven by the people with the saw. Investigators later found him driving down First Colonial Road. The spokesman said there were two “prominent” catalytic converters in the truck bed.

One matched the car that had been tampered with in the apartment complex.

Barron Estes, 33, of Virginia Beach and Jessica Lafontaine, 34, of Portsmouth, both face charges related to the crime.

They were charged with misdemeanor theft, destruction of property and tampering with a car.

If you know of anything that could help Virginia Beach detectives as they continue their investigation, we encourage you to call 757-385-4101 or Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1.888.LOCK.U.UP.

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