Cropseyville man charged for removing and stealing catalytic converters from vehicles

August 04, 2019 12:31 PM

TROY - Crooks are going the extra mile for an extra buck, and a local car shop can attest to it. 

Joshua Fisher works in sales at Bob Karl's on 6th Avenue. He told NewsChannel 13 a burglar was caught red handed after attempting to steal a catalytic converter. He was found underneath a car. 

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Troy Police say 27-year-old Sean Atchinson of Cropseyville was found with two catalytic converters in his bag when an officer caught up to him. 

"The amount he took was probably around two thousand dollars" Fisher said. 

Investigators say the same parts were stolen from at least 12 to 15 cars from parking garages and other downtown and north central sections of the city. 

Atchinson is now charged with criminal possession of a stolen property, grand larceny, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of burglar tools. Officers say he also had a bench warrant for failing to appear in court. A battery powered saw was used in these crimes. 

The motive is not clear, but Fisher says they're typically strapped. 

"You bring it to a junk yard and they give you money for it, and they're actually pretty valuable." 

Troy detectives are looking for a second suspect, though it's unclear whether Atchinson was working alone or with someone else. 


Jill Konopka

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