Three Men Arrested in Connection with Catalytic Converter Thefts

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WILMINGTON, DE — Wilmington Police have arrested three men in connection with catalytic converter thefts.

Authorities state that on November 12 at approximately 2:38 a.m. police responded to the 500 block of South Buttonwood Street for a theft in progress.  Upon arrival, police made contact with 22-year-old L’quan Redden of New Castle, 30-year-old Jared Wiggins, and 22-year-old Zyair Burton.  Police were able to able to recover a catalytic converter that had been removed from a nearby vehicle and identify two vehicles involved in the incident as stolen.  All three subjects were taken into custody without incident and police recovered 30 grams of cocaine.

Redden was charged with the following offenses:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver in Tier 3 Quantity
  • Conspiracy 1st Degree
  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • Theft Over $1,500
  • Receiving Stolen Property Over $1,500
  • Criminal Mischief Over $1,000
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He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 20 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $25,000 cash-only bail.

Wiggins was charged with the following offenses:

  • Conspiracy 1st Degree
  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • Theft Over $1,500
  • Receiving Stolen Property Over $1,500
  • Criminal Mischief Over $1,000

He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 20 and released on $14,000 secured bail.

Burton was charged with the following offenses:

  • Conspiracy 1st Degree
  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • Theft Over $1,500
  • Receiving Stolen Property Over $1,500
  • Criminal Mischief Over $1,000

He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 20 and released on $14,000 secured bail.

The Wilmington Police state that this investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information about these or other incidents is encouraged to contact Detective Joran Merced at (302) 576-3637 or [email protected]. Anyone with information about stolen catalytic converters, and anyone who might have purchased parts from these individuals, is also encouraged to contact the police.

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Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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