MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Memphis police have arrested a man who told investigators he stole catalytic converters to pay court costs related to active warrants.
Treavor Coop is charged with theft of motor vehicle property valued between $1,000 and $2,500; theft of property in the amount of 10,000-60,000 US dollars; and escape from custody.
On Sunday, October 16, the manager of LKQ located at 4640 Hickory Hill Road reported two males driving onto the company’s property in a dark colored Honda Civic. He told police they were cutting catalytic converters from company trucks parked on the property.
An officer completed the scene and found Coop walking in front of the company’s truck with a chainsaw in hand.
The chief told Coop to stop, then dropped the saw and ran away.
After a brief chase, the officer was able to arrest Coop without incident.
Police found seven catalytic converters inside the Honda Civic.
It is said that the car was stolen on September 17.
Four catalytic converters, which belong to Issuza pickup trucks, were located, the cost of which is 2360 US dollars each.
Another, belonging to a 26-foot Ford truck, was found valued at $2,829.12.
The total value of the stolen catalytic converters was $12,269.12.
Koop admitted to investigators that he and a friend entered the lottery to cut catalytic converters from trucks and sell them later.
He went on to state that he committed the theft to raise funds for his active warrants.
Coop currently has five active warrants for burglary, armed carjacking, driving without insurance, driving with a suspended license and more.
His bond is set at $79,000.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
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