ELLSWORTH — Maine State Police troopers Gavin Endre and Josh Lander have charged two suspects with felony theft in a case of roughly 150 catalytic converters stolen from private vehicles throughout Hancock County.
Catalytic converters contain precious metals, so they can be sold for cash.
“Converters in general have been worth a lot of money lately,” said Troop J Commander Rod Charette. “Their value ebbs and flows.”
The suspects, Greg Gilley, 32, and Kennedy Smith, 23, both transients, were booked into the Hancock County Jail. Both have been released on bail.
“Through the interviews, one of the suspects told Trooper Endre the couple had committed approximately 150 catalytic converter thefts,” police said. The investigation is ongoing.
A traffic stop in Cherryfield for speeding June 22 led to charges for a motorist and another person, police said.
Trooper Jeffrey Taylor arrested Tristan Robinson, 22, of Steuben on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Police summoned Torre Newenham, 25, of Gouldsboro during the stop on a charge of assault as the result of a separate altercation.
A stop for a traffic violation in Ellsworth June 22 led to charges for motorist and passenger.
Trooper Dana Austin summoned Sara Knapp, 36, of Indian Island on a charge of attaching false plates. Passenger Jacob Britton, 19, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of violating conditions of his release. Sgt. Jason Sattler assisted.
Trooper Travis Chapman summoned Sarah Double, 30, of Union on charges of possession of heroin and operating after suspension June 22.
Trooper Caleb McGary is investigating a theft complaint at a gas station in Otis that was reported June 25.