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Brocton man arrested after catalytic converter cut from car in driveway

Catalytic Converter Thefts
Posted at 2:34 PM, Apr 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 14:34:00-04

STOCTON, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Brocton man has been charged with auto stripping and other crimes after he allegedly cut the catalytic converter from a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in Stocton.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, Timothy M. Schrader, 35, was trespassing at a home on Route 380 on April 14th when he cut the catalytic converter from a car and stole copper tubing from the home.

Catalytic converter theft has become a growing problem in Western New York and across the country.

Police obtained a warrant for Schrader's arrest and he was taken into custody, arraigned and then later released.

Schrader is now facing auto stripping, 2 counts of criminal mischief, 2 counts of larceny and trespassing charges.