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Suspect thwarted from catalytic converter theft falls into ravine

A duo’s plan to steal catalytic converters in Chesterfield fell short - quite literally - after...
A duo’s plan to steal catalytic converters in Chesterfield fell short - quite literally - after one suspect fell 30 feet into a ravine while running from police.(Chesterfield County Police Department)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 5:48 PM EST
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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A duo’s plan to steal catalytic converters in Chesterfield fell short - quite literally - after one suspect fell 30 feet into a ravine while running from police.

On Sunday night, Captain Tim Kehoe was off duty when he heard the sound of an electric saw coming from under a car in the Boulders area of Midlothian. Captain Kehoe knows the tool is commonly used to steal catalytic converters due to a recent rash in the crime and called back-up.

When officers arrived, two people got out from under a vehicle and ran toward the wooded area lining Chippenham Parkway. One of them got away, but the other, Robert Branch, was found after he fell to the bottom of a deep ravine.

One of the suspects got away, but the other was found after he fell to the bottom of a 30-foot...
One of the suspects got away, but the other was found after he fell to the bottom of a 30-foot deep ravine. Emergency responders had to pull him to safety.(Christian Davies)

According to police, Branch suffered some injuries during the fall, but nothing serious. He was treated at a hospital and eventually booked at the Chesterfield County Jail. He’s since been charged with tampering with a vehicle, obstruction of justice, possession of burglary tools and grand larceny.

Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffery Katz detailed the ordeal on Facebook. Read the full, colorful post here.

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