Man, woman face charges for catalytic converter thefts

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – Two people face charges after Graves County Sheriff’s deputies investigated catalytic converter thefts.

Two McCracken County residents, Maddie N. Hill, 34, of Paducah and Austin K. Hawes, 28, of Melber were arrested at noon Monday, accused of stealing catalytic converters from a business near US Hwy. 45 South by the Pryorsburg community. Employees told sheriff’s deputies they saw Hawes stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle on the business property. Hawes then jumped into a vehicle driven by a woman that sped away from the business northbound on US 45, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office. The witnesses chased the suspects while on the phone with authorities, giving locations and whereabouts. Eventually the suspect vehicle reached high speeds trying to escape the witnesses. Sheriff’s deputies blocked Cardinal Road to stop the suspects, both Hawes and Hill were detained pending further investigation.

Two of the catalytic converters were found in the vehicle as well as a tool that is used to cut them free of automobiles, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office. One converter is found to have been stolen from a car at the previous business on US 45 South, and the other converter was found to be stolen from a car on Pritchett Road that was destroyed during the December 10, 2021 tornado whose owner was killed in the storm. In addition to possessing the stolen property, methamphetamine, marijuana, and items of drug paraphernalia were found.

Maddie N. Hill faces theft of property of value in excess of $1,000, criminal mischief 3rd degree, criminal trespass 3rd degree, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Austin K. Hawes faces charges of theft of property of value in excess of $1,000, criminal mischief 3rd degree, and criminal trespass 3rd degree.

Both suspects were taken to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office, and later taken to out of county detention facilities.

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