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3 arrested in string of catalytic converter thefts in Bartholomew County

Photo of items recovered during a search warrant for an investigation into Bartholomew County catalytic converter thefts. (Provided Photo/CPD)

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Three people are in custody following a recent string of catalytic converter thefts in Bartholomew County.

According to the Columbus Police Department, 38-year-old Darren Morgan, Daniel Morgan,35 and 48-year-old Johnnie Hagan were arrested Wednesday.

Photo of Daniel Morgan (left), Johnnie Hagan (center) and Darren Morgan (right). (Provided Photo/CPD)

Deputies said the nearly 50 thefts started in late 2019.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, officers with CPD and deputies with Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office spotted a vehicle thought to have been associated with the thefts.

As the investigation continued, authorities obtained and executed a search warrant for a Columbus motel.

During their search of three hotel rooms, tools and devices used to remove catalytic converters, a possible stolen catalytic converter, a handgun, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found.

All three face a number of preliminary charges.

Darren Morgan faces the following charges:

  • Three counts of theft with a prior conviction
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of heroin
  • Unlawful possession of a syringe
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of marijuana

Daniel Morgan faces the following charges:

  • Three counts of theft with a prior conviction
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Unlawful possession of a syringe
  • Possession of marijuana

Hagan faces the following charges:

  • Three counts of theft
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of heroin

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