York County Detectives Arrest 3 For Catalytic Converter Thefts

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — York County detectives say they have arrested three individuals for stealing catalytic converters after opening an investigation on July 1st, 2020.

Investigators say around 40 catalytic converter have been stolen; catalytic converter theft is popular because of the value the precious metals hold, according to a news release.

Police say they arrested Brian McCrary, 43, on November 18th after finding 19 catalytic converters in the bed of the pickup truck he was driving. McCrary is charged with 19 counts of unlawful transporting and possession of nonferrous metals, according to a news release.

Deputies say Andrew Beltz, 35, was arrested on November 18th and charged with two counts of unlawful transporting and possession of nonferrous metals.

Gregory Shamburg, 35, was arrested on November 19th and charged with one count of unlawful transporting and possession of nonferrous metals, according to a news release.

“I am proud of the hard work and countless hours our detectives have put in to investigate this national trend of catalytic converter thefts,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson. “People who cut converters off of church busses and child daycare vans cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage just to get a few hundred dollars for just one converter.”

Detectives say thieves target trucks, large buses, cans, and hybrid cars for converters.

York County detectives provide these tips:

  • Park your vehicles in well-lit areas.
  • Add surveillance cameras to help investigators identify the people cutting the converters.
  • Watch for any suspicious activity and call 9-1-1 right away.