CORVALLIS, Ore. – A suspect has been arrested after a string of catalytic converter thefts in the Albany area, Corvallis police said.
Officers responded to the area of the Jackson-Frazier Wetlands, 3600 NE Lancaster St., after a caller said they saw three men sitting on what they thought was an animal. The caller provided officers with a description of a car and a license plate.
A Benton County deputy who was in the area found the vehicle.
Corvallis police responded and contacted the men and identified them as the following:
- Nathaniel Taylor, 36, of Albany
- Jameson Collet, 37, of Albany
- Zachary Tyler, 40, of Albany
No animals or evidence of animal abuse was found, but officers searched the vehicle and found methamphetamine pipes, a disassembled shotgun and four catalytic converters, police said.
Tyler was cited and released regarding an outstanding warrant.
Collet was arrested and charged with possession of meth, a misdemeanor.
The third man, Taylor, was arrested for the catalytic converter thefts. He was charged with four counts of first-degree theft, four counts of first-degree criminal mischief, possessing burglar’s tools and possession of meth, a felony.