Two more Rome men have been charged with stealing catalytic converters from motor vehicles, according to law enforcement officials.
• Cody E. Lane, 24, of Canal Street, stole 450 catalytic converters from vehicles at Vince’s U-Pull-It in the Town of Marcy, starting in September, state police said.
• Colton L. Shaffer, 21, of Rome, stole catalytic converters from vehicles in and around Rome, including a barn in the city’s outer district, over the past two months, troopers stated.
Both men then sold the catalytic converters for cash at a scrap yard in Marcy, troopers said.
Catalytic converters clean harmful particles out of car exhaust and contain precious metals.
Lane is charged with one count of second-degree grand larceny, and Shaffer is charged with one count each of second-degree auto stripping, second-degree mischief, fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree burglary, all felonies, troopers stated. Lane is scheduled to appear in Marcy Town Court, and Shaffer is scheduled to appear in Rome City Court.
Troopers said Shaffer was working alongside 26-year-old Richard D. Tennant Jr., who was previously charged in both November and earlier this month for ongoing catalytic converter thefts.
Tennant is scheduled to reappear in City Court on Feb. 21.