Catalytic converter theft ring leads to 3 arrests, more than 2 dozen parts stolen, deputies say


BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) — Three people were arrested Friday, May 13 after a weeklong investigation into more than two dozen thefts of catalytic converters by the same suspects, according to deputies from the parish sheriff’s office. of East Baton Rouge.

Darius Smith, Kenya Randall and Terrance Mundy have been identified as suspects in the investigation which began on April 29, 2022.

Kenya Randall (left); Darius Smith (middle); Terrance Mundy (right)(East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Officials say the suspects targeted cars parked at homes and businesses in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Detectives report that they collected CCTV showing the suspects and a suspicious vehicle at several locations and in several different jurisdictions in Louisiana.

Most of the robberies occurred between midnight and 6 a.m. various nights from April 29 to May 10 in Woodbridge, Briar Place, Industriplex, Glen Oaks, Long Farm, Sherwood Commons and the Jefferson/Airline area, according to EBRSO.

On Friday morning, EBRSO detectives located the suspect vehicle at Airline Highway and Prescott Road.

While searching the car, detectives located several catalytic converters that had been stolen hours earlier in Alexandra, Louisiana.

The suspects were related to matters being investigated by the Baton Rouge Police Department, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Alexandria Police Department.

Darius Smith of Cottonport, Louisiana faces 25 counts of theft and 1 count of unauthorized entry into a business.

Kenya Randall of Bunkie, Louisiana faces 25 counts of theft and 1 count of unauthorized business entry

Terrance Mundy of Bunkie, Louisiana faces 25 counts of theft and 1 count of unauthorized entry into a business.

Smith, Randall and Mundy were incarcerated at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

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