THURMONT, Md. (WJLA) — A man was taken into custody by Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputies after he was accused of stealing nearly $60,000 worth of catalytic converters at a camping store, authorities said.
A catalytic converter is the main part of a car's exhaust system that converts harmful engine pollutants into less harmful gases.
Police reported that Eric Lindsay, 28 of D.C., stole the converters at Beckley's Camping Center shop at 11110 Angleberger Road.
Lindsay allegedly stole the converters and then fled the parking lot, police said.
Police found Lindsay walking on Hessong Bridge Road in Thurmont. He tried to run away from the police but was "quickly" caught and taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, according to the report.
About 17 converters were found with a total value of roughly $59,000. Lindsay is facing the following charges:
Other catalytic converters thefts have occurred recently in Virginia and Maryland.