Teen arrested for theft of catalytic converters, reciprocating saw

Crime Stoppers is asking the public to contact them with any information about this crime
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Travis Wells, 17, was arrested for theft of catalytic converters and reciprocating saw; photo contributed by Victoria Police Department

VICTORIA, Texas – On Wednesday, Nov. 3, at approximately 3 a.m., the Victoria Police Department officers responded to a business in the 4500 block of N. Navarro street because an alerted citizen called the 911, noticing suspicious people in this area. Upon arrival officers spotted three subjects running from the location. The attempted thief Travis Wells of Victoria was apprehended. During the officers investigation, they located three loose catalytic converters, and a reciprocating saw on the ground where Wells was located. Consequently Wells, 17, was arrested and charged for two criminal charges. Police determined these criminal counts were Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Contact Victoria Crime Stoppers at 361-572-4200 if you have any information about this crime or can help provide physical descriptions.

Governor Greg Abbot addressed this organized crime issue on June 18, 2021 with house bill 4110. Many catalytic convertors were getting stolen because these machine parts are valued at $50 to $250 in the American market. According to some research, catalytic converters for some pickup trucks are sometimes priced for about $2,800 and foreign cars could cost $3,000 or more. While the legal background on this type of organized crime has already been addressed in Texas, it continues to remain a current criminal problem in this city. If you were around the area while this happened or have any contributing information. Please contact crime stoppers even if it’s an anonymous tip.

17 Year Old Travis Wells