By George Slaughter
Earlier this month, Katy Police arrested three men who had tools used to commit catalytic converter thefts and confessed to conducting such thefts.
On May 5, police arrested Terry Jose Emanuel, 19, of Houston, along with David Bearden, 20, and Rashaud Reyshun Jackson, 22. Police charged them with unlawful use of criminal instrument, according to a police department news release.
The day before, Katy Police observed a vehicle entering restricted areas of the Amazon Distribution Center 29000 block of Highway 90 in Katy. The business has been the target of over 60 catalytic converter thefts in recent days. Amazon’s delivery vans have been the primary targets in this area.
Police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Police immediately recognized the occupants matched the physical and clothing descriptions viewed on surveillance footage from previous thefts.
After further investigation, officers discovered two reciprocating saws, two batteries, multiple saw blades, and gloves inside the vehicle. Police recognized these items as tools used to commit these types of crimes.
Detectives interviewed the three men, and they confessed to the thefts. They also admitted to committing converter thefts in other jurisdictions. Additional charges are pending.
Katy Police thank the Waller County District Attorney’s office for its assistance.