Corey Thomas Nielson, 42, of Hinckley has been charged with felony theft, burglary, receiving stolen property, damage to property and other charges after reportedly confessing to the theft of multiple catalytic converters – and after 16 catalytic converters were found in the trunk of a car on his property.
The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported that it has received approximately 10 reports of catalytic converter thefts – with total estimated damages of over $15,000 – since Dec. 1, 2020.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Pine County Court, thefts were reported from Arlen Krantz Ford Dealership in Sandstone, Frontier Auto Sales in Pine City and Dale’s Heating and Appliance.
Brook Park Auto Salvage subsequently advised the deputy that Nielson had brought in a catalytic converter in to attempt to sell it. They refused to take the catalytic converter.
Search warrants executed of Nielson’s residence revealed 16 catalytic converters stored in a car trunk. Nielson now faces six felony and two misdemeanor charges in Pine County Court.