Man arrested for catalytic converter theft at Super Car Guys

Super Car Guys in west Wichita is one of the latest victims of catalytic converter theft. The owner says he's thankful someone has finally been caught.
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 10:13 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wichita police said they arrested a 32-year-old Wichita man Wednesday morning for catalytic converter theft at the Super Car Guys on West Street.

A little after 5 a.m., police said a witness called 911 to report the sound of a Sawzall cutting metal coming from the Super Car Guys lot in the 100 block of N. West Street.

There, police found the suspect, Sean Gisick, crawling on the ground with three catalytic converters and a handheld Sawzall in his possession.

Three vehicles were found in the lot with the catalytic converters cut and removed, and Gisick was arrested and booked into jail.

Across the street from Super Car Guys, Carrs Plumbing and Maintenance said it’s spent more than $8,000 to replace stolen catalytic converters and has employees take company vehicles home to protect them. The problem isn’t limited to businesses.

Last week, Morgan and Allison Hecker spent the night in downtown Wichita. They encountered an unpleasant surprise the next morning, a thief actively trying to steal the catalytic converter from their truck.

“I saw something under the truck and I said, that’s not supposed to be there,” Morgan recalled. “I got closer and it was a person and at that point, I was like, ‘well, I already saw him drop one of them down and heard the clanking. So, I called the police and hoped that they could do something with it.”

WPD advises if you see someone stealing a catalytic converter, call 911. If you have information on a previous crime, you can call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.