Deputies: Parma man arrested for stealing catalytic converters from business

Updated: April 21, 2021 12:38 PM
Created: April 21, 2021 11:48 AM

PARMA, N.Y. (WHEC)—  A Parma man is facing several felony charges after deputies say he stole two catalytic converters off of two vans from a business in Parma Tuesday night.

According to the Monroe County Sheriffs Office, Thomas Drager, 51 was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree auto stripping, and a criminal trespass charge.

Deputies went to the scene at  Ultimate Auto on West Ridge Road just before 10 p.m. after the owner reported seeing a "suspicious person" on the property through surveillance cameras.

MCSO said Drager was later found, and deputies were able to also find a tool bag that had a saw and two catalytic converters inside.

After looking at two vans on the property, the owner found the converters had been cut.

Converter thefts are something  News10NBC has reported on extensively as a series of businesses, and even the Salvation Army has reported stolen converters. Some of the thefts have been caught on camera.

Drager was arranged in Parma Town Court and is currently in the Monroe County Jail, deputies say he had a prior felony.

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