A jury convicted Anthony Winder, 41, on Wednesday of all the charges against him in a case involving the theft of catalytic converters.
Winder and his daughter, Angela Tate, went to the used auto sales lot of Alex Palermo at 3711 N. Wells St. to steal the auto parts, which are often stolen for scrap because of the precious metals inside.
When made aware of the pairs presence on his lot, Palermo left his home nearby and went to confront them. He testified Tuesday that about 100 catalytic converters had been stolen from him in a two-year period. They cost between $400 and $1,000 apiece to replace, he said.
Palermo first encountered Tate, who called for her father. Winder came out from beneath a nearby car and punched or pushed Palermo in the face. Armed with a handgun, Palermo then tackled Winder. Tate then took the reciprocating saw her father was using to cut off catalytic converters and struck Palermo in the back of the head, fracturing his skull, according to court records.
Prosecutors formerly charged Winder with robbery causing serious bodily injury, battery causing serious bodily injury, attempted theft, attempted robbery causing serious bodily injury and being a habitual offender. But they dropped the charges of battery and attempted theft.
The jury convicted Winder of robbery causing serious bodily injury, attempted robbery causing serious bodily injury and being a habitual offender.
He will be sentenced in November. His daughter pleaded guilty to attempted theft and is serving a term of probation in exchange for her plea and testimony against her father.