PORTLAND, NY (WNY News Now) – The rash of catalytic converter thefts continue across our region, as criminals look to cash in on the valuable rare earth metals inside. However, thanks to quick police work, law enforcement in Chautauqua County allegedly caught one would-be thief red handed.
On Monday, Amanda Sendall was taken into custody during a trespass in progress call on Webster Road in the Town of Portland.
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.
Following an investigation, deputies accused the Gerry resident of attempting to cut off a Catalytic Converter on a vehicle located on the property.
In addition, the 36-year-old was allegedly found with a small quantity of methamphetamine in her possession and had an active arrest warrant for criminal possession of a weapon.
Sendall was taken to Chautauqua County Jail and faces several charges including trespass, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Last fall, New York State passed legislation to combat the rise in catalytic converter thefts.