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Originally Posted by Beoceorl
Just got this in one of my news feeds.

Seems to be a common theme in these thefts:
"Swearinger was then detained and the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office discovered marijuana, methamphetamine pills and fentanyl in his possession."

Six men arrested for 131 catalytic converter thefts

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Six men arrested for 131 catalytic converter thefts

By Nick Kremer
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 10:07 AM CDT|Updated: 31 minutes ago

LIMESTONE Co., Ala. (WAFF) - The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says that it has arrested six people and charged them with a total of 131 charges related to catalytic converter thefts.

According to a Facebook post from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, a catalytic convert business in Athens was suspected of unlawful sales. L and C Converters is a secondary metal recycler that purchases catalytic converters but according to Alabama law, that is illegal unless the entire car is purchased.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office observed converts being sold for cash at the business and contacted the individuals. Upon making contact, law enforcement discovered that the man delivering converters, Gary Swearinger, had a warrant with the Athens Police Department.

Swearinger was then detained and the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office discovered marijuana, methamphetamine pills and fentanyl in his possession.

Investigators also discovered 36 catalytic converters in plain view at the shop and shop owner, Jimmy Free Jr. did not have documentation for any of the converts

Free Jr. was arrested and charged with 36 counts of ownership documentation required for catalytic converter purchase. Free is being held at the Limestone County Detention Center with a $180,000 bond. Swearinger was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, he has been released from the Limestone County Detention Center on a $8,500 bond.

Limestone County Sheriff, Joshua McLaughlin says that he will not tolerate catalytic converter thefts in Limestone County.

We have arrested 6 individuals, on a total of 131 charges related to the theft of catalytic converters, in the past 12 days,” McLaughlin said. “We will not tolerate catalytic converter crimes in Limestone County.”

From WAFF 48 News

You gotta know in someplace like Limestone County, people would know him. And if they had had a converter sawn off, he’d be a ripe candidate for an ass kicking. Hope he (they)gets some genuine homestyle comeuppance


Yeah, the people who do this stuff are almost always well known, especially to the local cops.


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Originally Posted by Beoceorl
Just got this in one of my news feeds.

Seems to be a common theme in these thefts:
"Swearinger was then detained and the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office discovered marijuana, methamphetamine pills and fentanyl in his possession."

Six men arrested for 131 catalytic converter thefts

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Six men arrested for 131 catalytic converter thefts

By Nick Kremer
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 10:07 AM CDT|Updated: 31 minutes ago

LIMESTONE Co., Ala. (WAFF) - The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says that it has arrested six people and charged them with a total of 131 charges related to catalytic converter thefts.

According to a Facebook post from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, a catalytic convert business in Athens was suspected of unlawful sales. L and C Converters is a secondary metal recycler that purchases catalytic converters but according to Alabama law, that is illegal unless the entire car is purchased.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office observed converts being sold for cash at the business and contacted the individuals. Upon making contact, law enforcement discovered that the man delivering converters, Gary Swearinger, had a warrant with the Athens Police Department.

Swearinger was then detained and the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office discovered marijuana, methamphetamine pills and fentanyl in his possession.

Investigators also discovered 36 catalytic converters in plain view at the shop and shop owner, Jimmy Free Jr. did not have documentation for any of the converts

Free Jr. was arrested and charged with 36 counts of ownership documentation required for catalytic converter purchase. Free is being held at the Limestone County Detention Center with a $180,000 bond. Swearinger was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, he has been released from the Limestone County Detention Center on a $8,500 bond.

Limestone County Sheriff, Joshua McLaughlin says that he will not tolerate catalytic converter thefts in Limestone County.

We have arrested 6 individuals, on a total of 131 charges related to the theft of catalytic converters, in the past 12 days,” McLaughlin said. “We will not tolerate catalytic converter crimes in Limestone County.”

From WAFF 48 News

75 years ago their residence & vehicles would have been fire-bombed.
Today nobody does anything, so why would a thief stop thieving.

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My 33 year old daughter has a car I gave her and still pay for licence and insurance.
She parked in Seattle and lost the converter.
They were back ordered for 3 months.
It cost me $2k for a converter and converter chastity belt.

I was told that model car will not keep a converter overnight in Seattle.


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had them try once till my dog dragged him out from under the truck, had him on security footage and didn't get out in time, had to get the cut welded. on a silverado they aren't easy to get too so he was trying to situated to get cutting. guy needed surgery after the dog was done with him. he did try to sue me SOB

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Not exactly - The thieves stole my whole Cadillac Convertible!

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Buddy had it cut out of his truck while at work. Did $3,500 in damage.


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Originally Posted by slumlord
They’ve been stealing convertors out from under vehicles for 25-30 years in Hamcunt Tenn


These scoundrels will cut your copper plumbing out and they’ll even cut the coils and condenser out of your heat pumps, even at church.


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Can't be too hard for the cops to ask these idiots who they're selling to.

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Can't be too hard for the cops to ask these idiots who they're selling to.

There you have it.

Illegal to sell or install a used cat in NY State where I worked, but sure it happens often enough. Not sure of the laws in other states.

I can't remember off hand ever replacing a stolen catalytic converter. Did plenty of exhaust work over the years.

BTW, there are very little quantities of precious metals (platinum and rhodium) in the average converter.

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Originally Posted by tjm10025
Can't be too hard for the cops to ask these idiots who they're selling to.
Outlaws MC and White Bikers Association run the recycle centers in some places.

Some things….you leave it alone.

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I know a family that built their own house in Seattle. THey sold it and moved to the suburbs to avoid the crime. THe problem was crazy people knocking on the door all night.

During the BLM and antifa riots, there was a square mile of downtown Seattle with all windows broken and boarded up with plywood.


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Originally Posted by kendibs
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Can't be too hard for the cops to ask these idiots who they're selling to.

There you have it.

Illegal to sell or install a used cat in NY State where I worked, but sure it happens often enough. Not sure of the laws in other states.

I can't remember off hand ever replacing a stolen catalytic converter. Did plenty of exhaust work over the years.

BTW, there are very little quantities of precious metals (platinum and rhodium) in the average converter.

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That's how they caught the guys in the story I posted above.


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A local place had four converters stolen from their vans, so they contacted VSI LLC (Vehicle Security Innovators) (920 499-0022) and had their Cat Raps installed on their fleet and haven't lost any more converters since. It looks like a plate that attaches above the converter that cable wraps the converter.


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No! I take mine off and put it under my bed till the next AM!


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No! I take mine off and put it under my bed till the next AM!


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The financing guy at a local Toyota place had his catalytic converter stolen in the Toyota parking lot while he was at work. He was a might peeved. Brand new vehicle, he'd only had it a month when he got snaked.


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I cut mine off my first pickup. Replaced with a straight pipe. No more brush fires in the dry months. Used to burn leaded fuel too. Those were the good old days.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone
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A groid cut mine from my F350 at 11:30 a.m. in the center of a Home Depot parking lot. Feb. 2021.
No one heard or saw anything?!!!

Groids cover for groids. And, I think there was a lot associate that helped out as well. But, no proof.

$100 out of my pocket. Insurance paid the $1200 bill, as well as a 2 day SUV rental.

Welded rebar is a great idea, but better yet inside the pipe. They hit that and they will be stopped quick

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