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Utah man accused of stealing catalytic converters worth $45K

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Murray police cruisers are pictured on March 8, 2020.

Murray police cruisers are pictured on Sunday March 8, 2020. A man with a long history of drug and drug-related crimes has been arrested again for allegedly stealing catalytic converters off of cars at a repair shop, according to police.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

MURRAY — A man with a long history of drug and drug-related crimes has been arrested and accused of stealing $45,000 worth of catalytic converters off of cars at a repair shop.

Marvin Lee Jones, 61, of Duchesne, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Friday for investigation of nine counts of felony theft.

On March 1, Jones cut the catalytic converters off of nine vehicles at British 4x4, according to a police booking affidavit. Police estimated the total worth of all the converters, cut from either Land Rovers or Range Rovers, to be $45,000.

The shop owners collected video recorded on security cameras and turned it over to police.

On Friday, Jones returned to the same repair shop “and again attempted to cut more catalytic converters. He was caught in the act and arrested,” the affidavit states.

Jones admitted to officers that he was stealing the converters to pay for his drug habit, police wrote in the affidavit.

Catalytic converters are used to help reduce the toxicity of a vehicle’s emissions. A car will still run without it, but will sound exceptionally loud. The converters contain several metals that can be sold for quick money at scrap yards.