A van with seized catalytic converter thefts outside Nassau County...

A van with seized catalytic converter thefts outside Nassau County police headquarters in Mineola on Jan. 30. Credit: James Carbone

A Shirley man has been indicted on charges of stealing six catalytic converters from RVs in Wading River, the latest arrest in local law enforcement's effort to crack down on the thefts.

Blaise Marckesano, 38, is accused of stealing the devices from recreational vehicles parked at W.E.S. Trailer Services in Wading River between Dec. 11-13, 2021, according to a news release from the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney.

“Thefts of catalytic converters are a nationwide issue, and with arrests such as this one, we are making good on our promise to aggressively prosecute these thefts and keep Suffolk County safe. If you steal property from your neighbor and damage their property in the process, you will be prosecuted,” Tierney said in a statement.

Catalytic converters, a part of a vehicle’s exhaust system, are valued because of the precious metals in them that are used to draw out pollutants from a vehicle's engine emissions. 

"They can be stolen from underneath a vehicle in only a few minutes using a reciprocating saw," the release said.

Marckesano was arraigned Thursday before Court of Claims judge and acting Supreme Court Justice Richard I. Horowitz, on charges that include first-degree auto stripping, second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Horowitz ordered Marckesano to be placed on supervised release. He is due back in court on Feb. 28 and was represented by the Legal Aid Society, which does not comment on cases.
 

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