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Legislative District 12

Posted on: December 20, 2022

Legislator Kennedy Honors Detectives Who Busted Catalytic Converter Ring


On Monday, December 19th, Nassau County Legislator James Kennedy joined with his colleagues on the Nassau County Legislature to honor two Nassau County Police Department Detectives who busted a county-wide catalytic converter ring, as Top Cops for December 2022. These detectives are Detective Kenton Locke and Detective James Tobin, of the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit.
“Thank you to Detectives Locke and Tobin, Commissioner Patrick Ryder and the Nassau County Police Department for putting an end to this catalytic converter theft ring,” Legislator Kennedy said.
Last week, it was announced by Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder that numerous raids were conducted in Long Beach, Island Park and Huntington, on alleged home and work locations of members of a stolen catalytic converter ring. The police, along with the Nassau District Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security and the US Postal Inspectors, acted on search warrants and recovered approximately $4,000,000 in cash and bank accounts, and several thousands of stolen catalytic converters. They also confiscated five decanting machines, electronic equipment and three vehicles. The machines are used to break down the precious metals in the catalytic converters, which the alleged ring members then shipped to Montana.
In April 2022, the Nassau County Legislature introduced legislation that required all businesses buying catalytic converters to obtain information from the seller, including their ID, copy of title, and the make, model and vehicle identification number of the vehicle the part came from. Businesses will be required to keep these records for 5 years of the purchase date and they must be made available for inspection, upon request, by the Nassau County Police Department and Consumer Affairs within 72 hours after date of purchase. If the scrap yards fail to comply, they will be fined.  

Shown in photo, left to right: Legislator Kennedy; Chris Kelly, 1st Vice President of DAI; Detective Kenton H. Locke; Detective James C. Tobin; Legislator Denise Ford and Billy Bourguignon, DAI Delegate. 

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