Warwick man uses Apple AirTags to retrieve stolen catalytic converters
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — After multiple catalytic converter thefts from Walser Mobile Refrigeration LLC., owner Daniel Walser tracked down the suspect at a nearby gas station last month.
On Sept. 21, Walser found William Hazard after police said he stole two catalytic converters from the business.
Walser was able to track him down after Hazard, who’s 60 years old, left behind some of his own equipment during one of his robberies.
Walser attached Apple AirTags to Hazards’ equipment in hopes to catch the suspect if he returned.
“MY co-worker Pat said grab the airtag so we can track it down, not a bad idea. Once we did that we just waited for all of it to leave. Once it did we were just track it around Warwick,” Walser said.
Using the technology, Walser found the 60-year-old with one of the converters in his possession at a Mobil gas station on Jefferson Boulevard.
Walser approached the suspect and held him down until police showed up and arrested Hazard.
“I kind of just said hey hangout and he was like no and tried to leave. He tripped fell down and I just bear hugged him down and told the guy pumping next to me to call the police for me. He wanted to run and tried to leave but I held him down until police arrived,” Walser said.
Hazard is being charged with possession of stolen parts, habitual offender shoplifting, and larceny or receiving stolen goods.
Police said Hazard was previously convicted three times.