The Evansville Police Department says 36-year-old Daniel Eugene Payne was arrested on Tuesday for three counts of Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts for the removal of three catalytic converters from three work trucks belonging to an Evansville business.
Police say the stolen catalytic converters were located in Payne’s red Chevrolet Blazer during a traffic stop on Tuesday morning.
According to EPD, the theft of the three catalytic converters will cost the business around $3,000 per-vehicle in repairs, not including funds lost by the business by having to delay several work projects.
Previously, Payne had been developed as a suspect in several other catalytic converter thefts that had occurred since May of 2020.
Police say Payne had sold over 50 catalytic converters to a scrap yard in Owensboro since May, and that he had made over $12,000 in doing so.
Following his arrest, Payne was released from jail on bond.