Man steals catalytic converters all over Twin Cities

A Twin Cities man has allegedly pocketed thousands of dollars from stealing catalytic converters – and it's almost remarkable how fast he can do it.

In the dead of a Minnesota winter, the cold pavement is about the last place you'd ever want to be -- flat backed, tools in hand, icy cold metal on all sides... but police say for 36-year-old Daryl Jorissen, crawling under cars is just another day at the office.

According to police documents, the ex-con has been cutting out catalytic converters all across the metro. In one such case, investigators allegedly followed Jorissen to the Staybridge Suites.

Police said he slipped under a van for only 1 minute and 4 seconds, quickly cutting out a large catalytic converter worth hundreds of dollars.

Jorrisen brought those stolen converters to Metro Metals in St. Paul. But employees said after a while it began to raise red flags because the converters were almost new. That's when they called the police.

A multi-agency effort involving Minnetonka, Bloomington and Eden Prairie police led to Jorissen's arrest -- he now faces two felony charges.

Mechanics say thieves often target catalytic converters and replacing them is anything but cheap, "You would have to replace the entire exhaust system, muffler tail pipe, everything."

More: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/27928755/catalytic-converter-thefts-on-the-rise



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