DUNKIRK, NY (WNY News Now) – Following a nearly six-months-long investigation, 26-year-old Cassadaga man has been charged in connection with a catalytic converter theft in northern Chautauqua County business.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office charged 26-year-old Chase Jones on Thursday, after he allegedly cut out catalytic converters from vehicles of a business in the Town of Sheridan back in June.
The rise in catalytic converter thefts have plagued communities across New York State recently.
Back in October, New York State passed legislation to combat the issue.
The part is made of highly valuable metals, some priced at up to $20,000 per ounce, which had led to increased thefts across the region.