September 3, 2007

More charges in catalytic converter theft ring

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

More suspects have been charged in the case Wright County deputies broke regarding catalytic converter thefts. The alleged thieves were captured early Aug. 13 in Cokato.

Bruce Lee Roth, 32, of St. Paul was arrested on charges of felony theft, tampering with vehicles, and fleeing an officer on foot.

Anthony James Cady, 38, of St. Paul was charged with liability for crimes of another, intentional possession of burglary tools. Cady also is being charged with liability for the crimes of another, theft.

Corina Lee Adair Carlson, 19, of St. Paul is facing the same charges as Cady.

Just after midnight, a deputy patrolling the Cokato area spotted two men laying under a 2004 Chevrolet Impala at Cokato Motors. The deputy approached them and ordered them to stop what they were doing. They alledgedly were using a reciprocal saw to cut the catalytic converters off vehicles.

The men ran off on foot.

Another deputy later found two others in a “look-out” car near Cokato. The two alleged “look-outs,” Carlson and Dennis Angelo Bruno, provided deputies with the names of the two men doing the actual cutting of the converters. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office then put out an alert for their arrest.

About 7 a.m. a Minnesota State Trooper noticed a man covered with mud, and walking east of Cokato. He was Roth, and now is in custody in Wright County Jail.

Deputies recovered their Ford Ranger truck and found seven catalytic converters in it. The converters, valued at more than $1,000, allegedly were matched to those stolen from Punk Lundeen Motors and Bumper to Bumper, both in Cokato, According to Wright County Lt. Deputy Dan Anselment.

If convicted, the maximum sentence for Roth will be five years in prison or $10,000, or both for theft, and three years in prison, or $5,000 fine, or both for possession of burglary tools.

If convicted, the maximum sentence for both Cady and Carlson will be five years prison, or $10,000, or both for liability of crimes of another, theft, and three years in prison, or $5,000 fine, or both, for liability for crimes of another, possession of burglary tools.

Assistant County Attorney Brian A. Lutes will be prosecuting all three defendants, according to the county attorney’s office.

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