Tuscaloosa Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Over 150 Catalytic Converters
A Tuscaloosa man was arrested Wednesday following a months-long investigation where over 150 catalytic converters were discovered at his home.
According to a release from the Tuscaloosa Police Department, the TPD Criminal Investigation Division discovered the catalytic converters, along with other exhaust system components stored throughout the home of 58-year-old Gregory Bernard Hudson, located in the 5600 block of 21st Avenue East.
The items were found stored in closets, outbuildings and in the suspects's backyard.
The release stated Hudson was charged Wednesday with violating a new state law that outlines procedures secondary metal recyclers must follow when purchasing catalytic converters.
Hudson was charged with 10 counts of "ownership documentation required for purchase of certain property," a Class B Felony and one count of second-degree receiving stolen property, a Class C Felony, which was added after investigators matched the serial number of one converter that was reported stolen.
Captain Kip Hart, commander of TPD's CID said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected to be filed after the converters are investigated.
"We'll be looking for serial numbers and going back through all of the reports we've received during the last several months to see what we can match," Hart said.
The release said the investigation into the thefts and resale of catalytic converters has been ongoing since the summer.
Hudson was booked and released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail after posting a $315,000 bond.
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