Suspect charged in rash of catalytic converter thefts

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A St. Paul man stands charged with multiple counts of criminal damage to property in connection with a rash of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in Ramsey and Anoka Counties.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Gregory Arthur Jackson is responsible for cutting the catalytic converters off more than a dozen vehicles as they sat in the parking lots of an apartment building in Roseville and a number of businesses in Roseville and Anoka County.

Officers first became aware of the situation when they received a number of calls from residents of the Centennial Gardens apartments in Roseville between January 5 and February 4, 2014. They were then called to the Tires Plus at 1331 Larpenteur on February 4 after the manager discovered that catalytic converters had been cut off four additional vehicles there. The theft was caught on surveillance tape, allowing detectives to identify a suspect vehicle and get a description for the man who stole the converters.

The next day an officer was able to identify Jackson as the suspect in the thefts, and a court order was obtained to put a GPS tracking device on the suspect's Dodge Durango. Investigators tracked the vehicle to sites where additional converter thefts took place, and also to a recycling center in Monticello where the stolen items were sold.

Eventually Roseville Police were able to arrest Jackson on February 11 as he sold more stolen goods. They found tools and a jack in the back of his truck that police say were used in the thefts.

When questioned, detectives say Jackson admitted to stealing the catalytic converters.


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