UPDATE: RUSTON, La. (09/13/19) — Two men accused of stealing high dollar auto parts from vehicles are now in police custody.
Bobby Sutton and Charles Brantley are accused of taking catalytic converters from vehicles.
Both men have been charged with Felony Theft and each has an $86,000 bond.
UPDATE: RUSTON, La. (09/12/19) — Two suspects are now in custody in the recent Ruston catalytic converter thefts.
According to police, two men are currently in custody pending charges and are being interviewed at this time. Officials say that the pair, if charged, will be facing charges from the City and from the Parish.
We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.
ORIGINAL: RUSTON, LA (09/10/19)–Ruston is in need of some help identifying two men who robbed four local shops and a state department. Catalytic converter theft is a crime that’s more common then you’d think, but a local Ruston company never thought it would happen to them.
“To feel like somebody doesn’t care about what we do to make a living and provide for our families ,they made it a problem for us starting out the day,” said Gregg Terzia, Manager at Terzia’s Rental.
Sunday night starting around 9:45, two white men robbed three local businesses on East Kentucky Street; Fastenal, Terzia’s Rental, and Sexton Animal Health Center. They didn’t stop there, they hit up a DOTD barn and daycare of a local church.
“When we first got here in the morning and my guys started cranking the vehicles and we noticed they were obviously a little loud,” said Terzia.
Once they found out the catalytic converters were missing they checked surveillance where they saw the two men and their red F250 truck. The valuable platinum inside the catalytic converters are what make them high in profit.
“It seemed to me that they did have a plan of what they were going to do and where they were going to park the get away truck and all that,” said Terzia.
Police say the suspects crawled under the cars and used a saw zaw to cut the catalytic converters out. In addition, they only spent about 30 minutes getting 6 converters from Terzia’s vehicles alone. Without the converters, driving the truck is impossible. Leaving this company with one truck for deliveries.
“We had a lot of customer pick ups and deliverers that morning so that mad a major inconvenience for us. We’re a hard working family business,” said Terzia.
Ruston Police say to keep your vehicles inside. If you know who these men are or any details contact the Ruston Police Department.