Man Arrested After Catalytic Converters Stolen From Evansville Church, Business

An Evansville man was arrested for several catalytic converter thefts on Tuesday.

Posted: Oct 20, 2021 9:47 AM
Updated: Oct 20, 2021 12:17 PM

An arrest has been made in connection to several catalytic converter thefts that took place in Evansville, Indiana recently.

Police say 31-year-old Kenneth Hornby of Evansville was arrested on Tuesday in connection to the thefts, which happened at a local business and church.

Kenneth Hornby - (Vanderburgh Jail)

According to the Evansville Police Department, the first theft happened early Tuesday morning at Schmitt Refrigeration on S. Governor Street. Security cameras captured a man sawing off and stealing a catalytic converter from a work truck at the business.

Police say that incident was linked to another catalytic converter theft that happened the day before at a nearby church, and that Hornby was developed as a suspect.

When investigators went to speak with Hornby, they say they found a catalytic converter in the bed of his truck and a saw in the front seat.

Investigators say Hornby admitted to stealing that catalytic converter from Schmitt Refrigeration as well as the catalytic converter from the church. They say that Hornby admitted to selling the catalytic converter from the church to a scrapyard and receiving $500 for it.

Hornby was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of Theft - Auto Parts. Police say his truck was towed to secure storage and that a search warrant for it is pending.

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