Catalytic Converter Thief Caught

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Bronx man after an investigation into catalytic converter thefts in Putnam and Westchester Counties and central Connecticut.

On March 23, 2023, at approximately 3 pm, the Deputy assigned as a School Resource Officer at the Putnam Valley High School was advised that a vehicle parked in a lot at the school had the catalytic converter stolen from it. The Deputy obtained surveillance video of the area, and the case was turned over to Investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

Investigators identified a suspect and began working with Detectives from other jurisdictions, including Bronxville, Yonkers, and Southington Connecticut Police Departments, who were also investigating similar crimes with the same suspect. On May 10, 2023, Investigators from the Sheriff's Office arrested 38-year-old Nelson Ramirez for the Putnam Valley crime. Ramirez was charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree, both Felonies, and Auto Stripping in the 3rd degree, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in the Town of Putnam Valley Court and was ROR'd to appear at a later date.