A man is in custody and a Chicago police officer sustained minor injuries after the man tried to steal a catalytic converter from a U-haul truck rental facility on the Northwest Side, police said.
A security officer working at the rental facility on the 4100 block of West Fullerton Avenue called police at about 4 a.m. when he spotted a man who had crawled under a truck, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
After police arrived, they walked to the truck and saw the man underneath the vehicle before the suspect crawled out and ran away from police, Mirabelli said. The man had a battery-powered saw and a duffle bag, Mirabelli said.
With police in pursuit on foot, the man ran toward the nearby Metra tracks where he dropped the bag and jumped off a viaduct about 25 feet to the ground, Mirabelli said.
The man then ran under a nearby parked semi-truck trying to hide from police on the 4000 block of West Wrightwood Avenue, police said.
Police watched him and managed to detain him, but the man resisted and during the struggle a police officer fractured one of his fingers, Mirabelli said.
Police said the facility had previously been robbed in a similar fashion as suspects tried to steal the converters to recover the platinum from inside, Mirabelli said.
Charges are pending, Mirabelli said.