TOWN OF MARCY — A Rome man wanted on several warrants and previously charged with stealing catalytic converters from vehicles within the city was taken into custody Friday on similar charges.
State Police at Oneida said Richard D. Tennant Jr., 26, of Ridge Street, was charged with second-degree auto stripping and fourth-degree grand larceny, both class E felonies, as well as second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony.
Tennant is accused of damaging several vehicles and stealing their catalytic converters and selling them to scrap yards for cash. Troopers had been searching for Tennant during a two-month investigation, who had been evading law enforcement due to multiple warrants for his arrest, troopers said.
Tennant was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over during a traffic stop in the Town of Marcy Friday. Besides the new charges from state police, Tennant had outstanding warrants from the cities of Rome, Utica and Oneida, troopers said.
Tennant was transported to Oneida County Centralized Arraignment Court and held on bail due to his outstanding warrant from Madison County. He is due back in Rome City Court.
In November, Tennant and Adam S. Chase, 30, of Meadows Road, Annsville, were taken into custody and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petty larceny and criminal mischief after they were caught in a car lot on Upper East Dominick Street. Law enforcement spotted a set of tools underneath a vehicle in the lot and found Tennant and Chase hiding in the bed of their pickup.
At the time, Rome Police had been investigating at least 13 different complaints of catalytic converter thefts involving multiple vehicles in car lots and personal driveways. The number of complaints was up to around 30 last month, with the sheriff’s office and state police conducting investigations in the outer district.