Police arrest suspect in catalytic converter thefts

Three Albany men were contacted by Corvallis police, and one was arrested in the thefts.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 2:10 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A suspect has been arrested after a string of catalytic converter thefts in the Albany area, Corvallis police said.

Officers responded to the area of the Jackson-Frazier Wetlands, 3600 NE Lancaster St., after a caller said they saw three men sitting on what they thought was an animal. The caller provided officers with a description of a car and a license plate.

A Benton County deputy who was in the area found the vehicle.

Corvallis police responded and contacted the men and identified them as the following:

  • Nathaniel Taylor, 36, of Albany
  • Jameson Collet, 37, of Albany
  • Zachary Tyler, 40, of Albany

No animals or evidence of animal abuse was found, but officers searched the vehicle and found methamphetamine pipes, a disassembled shotgun and four catalytic converters, police said.

Tyler was cited and released regarding an outstanding warrant.

Collet was arrested and charged with possession of meth, a misdemeanor.

The third man, Taylor, was arrested for the catalytic converter thefts. He was charged with four counts of first-degree theft, four counts of first-degree criminal mischief, possessing burglar’s tools and possession of meth, a felony.

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