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Rochester man arrested in connection to catalytic converter thefts

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NEAR EYOTA, Minn. (KTTC) - An arrest was made after Olmsted County deputies found eight catalytic converters and burglary tools in a man's truck early Wednesday morning.

Sixty-year-old Keith Wilcox, of Rochester, is facing multiple charges, including felony possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, damage to property, tampering with a motor vehicle and driving after cancellation.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said a deputy was eastbound in the 11000 block of Highway 14 around 5:15 Wednesday morning when he saw a maroon Chevy pickup truck at Dahl Trucks dealership.

The truck matched the description of a vehicle believed to be connected to previous converter thefts.

The truck then drove away and blew through a stop sign on Sandstone Drive Northwest.

Wilcox was stopped at a nearby Kwik Trip gas station, where the deputy saw five catalytic converters and tools in plain sight, according to the Sheriff's Office. Three more were found after the truck was searched.

Some of the converters were matched to a vehicles at Dahl Trucks. The total damage is estimated to be about $8,800.

Olmsted County Sheriff Captain Scott Behrns said there is reason to believe Wilcox has been involved in other catalytic converter thefts in the area.

Another theft was reported Wednesday afternoon when three RVs at Countryside Mini Storage were discovered to be missing catalytic converters. It is not yet known if the same converters were the ones found by deputies.

*This article has been updated to list the suspect's correct last name. His name is Keith Wilcox. The previous article named him as Keith Jones.

Kilat Fitzgerald

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