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CPSO arrests man for catalytic converter theft after leaving cell phone at scene

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Jul 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-19 16:01:31-04

LAKE CHARLES, La. – A Lake Charles man is accused of stealing a catalytic converter after leaving his cell phone at the scene, police say.

On June 24, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) deputies were dispatched to a boat launch located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter that was stolen from a Chevrolet pickup truck.

During the initial investigation, deputies found a cell phone that had been left at the scene, under the victim’s truck, according to a CPSO spokesperson. After executing a search warrant on the phone, detectives learned the phone belonged to Robert J. Northrop, 38. Detectives continued their investigation and learned Northrop allegedly had recently sold a Chevrolet catalytic converter to a local business in Sulphur.

After further investigation, on July 15, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $40,000 for Northrop’s arrest, charging him with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.

On July 16 he was arrested by the Jennings Police Department and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail.

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