A Laurel County man is in jail after allegedly stealing catalytic converters from several Clark County vehicles and recycling them in Knox County.
Winchester Police Detective Dennis Briscoe said they obtained a warrant for 37-year-old David Messer of London in connection with the Oct. 22 theft from Saunier Moving and Storage at 1900 Fortune Drive. Messer was charged with theft by unlawful taking.
Briscoe said someone cut eight catalytic converters from the company’s vehicles, which were valued at $4,000. The incident was recorded on the company’s surveillance video system. The recording showed two men arriving in a Ford Windstar minivan, getting out and removing the converters from several vehicles.
Briscoe said he received information froom the London Police Department that officers were working a similar case and had confiscated some converters that Messer had sold to a recycler in Knox County. The converters were returned to Clark County and matched the vehicles at Saunier, Briscoe said.