A Maricopa man is facing multiple charges after being caught under someone’s car July 3.
Daniel Danforth, 34, was charged with burglary, attempted theft, criminal damage and possession of burglary tools during the incident, local police said.
Around 9 p.m., Maricopa police were dispatched to the parking lot of Sun Life Family Health Center on John Wayne Parkway after receiving a call reporting an unidentified male under the caller’s parked vehicle.
The caller told police he was walking out of the adjacent business when he saw the man, later identified as Danforth, under his vehicle and confronted him. Danforth denied being under the vehicle and fled the scene in a green pickup truck, police said.
While investigating, officers found damage to the exhaust pipe of the victim’s vehicle near the catalytic converter, an exhaust-emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants emitted by the vehicle. Police observed a large cut in the metal in an apparent attempt to steal the converter. The cut was consistent with the use of a portable electric saw, police said.
The following day, officers spotted a green pickup truck and a man matching Danforth’s description driving past Copper Sky. Police stopped him and noted a portable electric saw and a freshly cut catalytic converter inside the vehicle. Danforth admitted to the attempted theft of the converter from the previous day because he lost money at the local casino and planned to sell it, police said.
Danforth was placed under arrest and found to be in possession of 0.6 grams of methamphetamine in his pant pocket, according to the report.
Danforth was booked into Pinal County Jail.