2 jailed in connection of more than 100 catalytic converter thefts

DENVER -- A man and a woman suspected of committing more than 100 thefts of catalytic converters up and down the Front Range were in jail Tuesday night, the Fort Collins Police Department said.

Police said Joshua Medley, 26, and Diedre Crawford, 25, are involved in 102 thefts of catalytic converters from vehicle exhaust systems from September to December.

Thieves normally take that equipment to resell the metal for scrap, police said.

There were 46 cases reported to Fort Collins, Colorado State University and Loveland police departments during the four-month time frame.

Several agencies along the Front Range -- from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs -- partnered to form a joint investigation after Fort Collins police noticed the uptick in thefts.

In one incident in Aurora, a suspect now known to be Medley was cutting off a catalytic converter when a resident noticed and chased the man away.

In late December, officers found two suspect vehicles at a Broomfield residence, and identified Medley and Crawford as the primary suspects in the crime spree.

Police executed a search warrant and found more evidence linking them to the thefts. They were arrested Jan. 6, and were charged with thefts committed in Fort Collins, Loveland and Colorado Springs.

As many as 60 other thefts are still under investigation that might be connected to Medley and Crawford. They could face additional charges.

Any Fort Collins residents who were victims to catalytic converter thefts late last year and have not filed a report are asked to call police at 970-416-2385.