A Jamaica resident arrested in Nassau County last month on charges related to auto stripping may come under investigation by the NYPD for similar thefts involving catalytic converters.
The Nassau County Police Department said last week that Dorient Reid, 23, was arrested in Feb. 28 on four counts of first-degree auto stripping, five counts of third-degree grand larceny and nine counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.
Catalytic converters, part of a car’s exhaust system, have been increasingly targeted by thieves because they contain platinum and other precious metals. Thieves with cordless power saws can remove one in minutes. They have been targeting SUVs and other vehicles with high ground clearance, especially Toyota Sequoias, which have two of them.
“We hope this might be one of our guys,” a police source said.
The NYPD did not respond to an email asking if Reid was a person of interest in any Queens thefts. A spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said his office would neither confirm nor deny any possible investigation.