If you were worried about someone stealing the catalytic converter off your car – and these days you probably should be – well, you can now rest a little easier because the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has apprehended a man who allegedly has been doing quite a bit of converter thievery lately.
On Friday, Feb.18, the Sheriff’s Department announced that a suspect had been arrested in connection with multiple catalytic converter thefts in the area. The 40-year-old man – Marshall Shawn Dalrymple (pictured above) – has been charged with 10 counts of “felony injury to property to obtain nonferrous metal,” as well as “10 counts of larceny of motor vehicle parts/catalytic converter theft.” He’s also facing a single count of “possession of burglary tools.”
Dalrymple received a $16,000 unsecured bond.
According to the Friday statement from the department, detectives working the case were able to link Dalrymple to three counts of converter thefts within the Greensboro city limits and seven other counts in Guilford County.
The department says he was caught red-handed. The suspect was apprehended cutting off two catalytic converters at Compass Self Storage at 6605 Burlington Road on Wednesday, Feb. 16 by patrol deputies.
Detectives were then able to link him to the other open investigations in Greensboro and Guilford County.
You shouldn’t rest too easy since there are, no doubt, still catalytic converter capers being planned by others, given the popularity of the crime these days.
Anyone with information on catalytic converter thefts in the area is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.
The catalytic converters – which help prevent automobile pollutants from entering the atmosphere – are expensive largely because they contain some valuable “precious” metals, especially rhodium. During the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues have driven up the price of the metals making catalytic converter theft a more profitable pastime for those not on the straight and narrow.