A suspect arrested this previous summer season for each catalytic converter theft and drunk driving has been arrested as soon as once more — for a similar mixture of crimes, in the identical city.
That is in accordance with the Hopkins Police Division, which introduced the arrest on its Fb web page Saturday morning:
Per the police, the suspect was considered one of two individuals who had been “caught stealing a catalytic converter” on July 2. In line with a Facebook post made at the time of that arrest, the motive force of the car used within the crime was additionally charged together with his tenth DWI.
Now, that very same suspect is dealing with their eleventh DWI “pending blood draw outcomes,” Saturday’s replace says.
No additional particulars got, and the suspect’s authorized standing on the time of the arrest this weekend is just not clear. BringMeTheNews has reached out to the Hopkins PD for remark.
This comes amid a nationwide enhance in catalytic converter thefts. A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says the crime has been on the rise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
“As the worth of the valuable metals contained throughout the catalytic converters continues to extend, so do the variety of thefts of those units,” David Glawe, president and CEO of NICB, mentioned in a press release. “There’s a clear connection between occasions of disaster, restricted assets, and disruption of the provision chain that drives buyers in direction of these treasured metals.”
In an effort to curtail the crime in Minnesota, state legislators have introduced a few different bills, together with laws that will prohibit the sale of catalytic converters and ban money gross sales of the units, MPR News says.
In Minneapolis, there have been 1,474 reported catalytic converter thefts in 2020, up from 207 in 2019, the Pioneer Press reported this past March.