Police continue to investigate catalytic converter thefts

Police continue to investigate catalytic converter thefts

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville Police are investigating yet another catalytic converter theft.

In this case, police are releasing surveillance photos in hopes of finding the suspects.

They say it happened Dec. 18 at the west side Walmart.

Police say Walmart’s surveillance cameras were able to catch video of two men around the victim’s vehicle in the late morning hours.

Catalytic converter theft surveillance
Catalytic converter theft surveillance (Source: Evansville Police)
Catalytic converter theft surveillance
Catalytic converter theft surveillance (Source: Evansville Police)

The still photos show two men, as well as the vehicles they were driving. The vehicles appear to be an older model green Chevy Malibu and green Chevy Impala. The license plates shown in the pictures don’t match up to the vehicles.

Catalytic converter theft surveillance
Catalytic converter theft surveillance (Source: Evansville Police)
Catalytic converter theft surveillance
Catalytic converter theft surveillance (Source: Evansville Police)

If anyone recognizes these men or their vehicles they are asked to contact the Evansville Police Department’s Detective Office at 812-436-4018 or call the We Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Just last week, a man was arrested in connection with two catalytic converter thefts.

EPD says he Daniel Payne took several of them to Owensboro and sold them to Dahl and Groezinger scrapyard.

The owners say they don’t accept stolen items, but without tracking numbers, it is difficult to tell if a catalytic converter has been stolen.

“We get a driver’s license, everything is on camera, we’re getting a signature, and anytime somebody sells converters there is a form that they sign that they own the converters and they own the cars that they came off of,” said owner Drew Kirkland.

They gather all of that information in case local law enforcement is looking for a suspect. That is how Evansville Police were assisted with the arrest of Daniel Payne.

“Every morning we report everything that we’ve bought to try to help them out, a lot of times they’ll call us and say, have you found somebody?” said Kirkland.

Evansville Police Detective Anna Gray says she’s been working on 26 cases of catalytic converter theft since May, and has been in contact with law enforcement agencies in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky to see if any cases may be linked.

“So I can’t speak for those agencies and I can’t say 100% sure if they have officially linked the same suspect to these cases. I do know they’re similar in nature and also some of them had surveillance video, it seems to be the same vehicle that is involved in some of these other cases,” said Gray.

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