Catalytic Converter Thief Arrested on Evansville Car Lot: Police

Edward Payne (Vanderburgh County Jail)

An Evansville man arrested in 2019 for the theft of a catalytic converter was arrested again on Friday morning after police say he tried to commit the same crime at a local car dealership.

Posted: Aug 13, 2021 2:17 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2021 2:19 PM

The Evansville Police Department says 36-year-old Edward Payne of Evansville, Indiana, was arrested early Friday morning for the attempted theft of a catalytic converter at a local car dealership.

Police arrived at the scene of a car dealership on N. Green River Road early Friday morning around 3:00 a.m. after a suspicious person was reportedly seen there.

A nearby witness told police they heard sawing sounds and that they saw a person dressed in black on the back lot of the car dealership.

EPD says the officers who arrived at the dealership found a SUV in the back lot that had the catalytic converter removed from it. They also found Payne hiding on the car lot, according to EPD.

Police say a handheld saw and an automobile jack were found near Payne. He was taken into custody and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of criminal mischief and auto part theft.

According to EPD, Payne was also arrested in December of 2019 for cutting off and stealing a catalytic converter from a work vehicle at another Evansville business. They say he was later convicted for that theft in February of 2021.

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