Man arrested in connection to Greene County catalytic converter thefts

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GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A man from Dugger, Ind., turned himself in Saturday to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a string of catalytic converter thefts in the area.

Jarod Collenbaugh, 30, was arrested on several charges Saturday after hearing of a warrant out for his arrest and turning himself in. Collenbaugh had been a suspect in law enforcement’s investigation into recent catalytic converter thefts.

On Aug. 17, officers were dispatched to eastern Greene County after a property owner reported someone trespassing on their land. The trespasser was gone by the time law enforcement arrived, a police report said, but officers were able to identify Collenbaugh after speaking with the property owner, who had two catalytic converters cut out of their vehicle parked on the property.

Later, investigators found Collenbaugh at his home and interviewed him. On Aug. 18, an Indiana State Police trooper working on the case uncovered another theft from homeowners who had not yet noticed their car had its catalytic converter cut out.

A probable cause affidavit was then submitted to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and on Aug. 20 an arrest warrant was issued for Collenbaugh. Collenbaugh turned himself into the Greene County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Collenbaugh was booked into the Greene County Jail. He now faces two charges of catalytic converter theft, both level 6 felonies, one charge of misdemeanor trespass and two charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

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