Cops: Queens man stole 35 catalytic converters
A Queens man faces felony charges of stealing dozens of catalytic converters from various vehicles across Nassau County, police said.
Detectives said Dorient G. Reid, 23, was arrested Friday without incident at his home at 129-31 153rd St. in Jamaica.
Police have linked him to the theft of more than 35 catalytic converters from the exhaust systems of vehicles in Nassau, including from body shops and U-Haul truck parking lots in various communities.
Among his victims, police said Saturday morning, was the nonprofit group AHRC Nassau. The group provides about 2,200 people with disabilities with a variety of support services. He allegedly took the parts from nine vans parked on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, costing the nonprofit nearly $25,000, officials from the group have said.
Catalytic converters are used to filter the exhaust from automobiles but they are often sold to to scrap yards, fetching up to $500 apiece, because they can contain valuable metals.
Authorities said Reid was scheduled to appear Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead on a variety of charges including third-degree grand larceny and auto stripping; but officials later said the arraignment was expected to be held Sunday.
With Gary Dymski and Deon J. Hampton