Missouri men sentenced in catalytic converter theft ring

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Three Missouri men have been sentenced for their roles in the theft of tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters, which were taken to an Arkansas business as part of a multi-million-dollar scheme.

Evan Marshall, 25, and Camren Joseph Davis, 25, both of Rogersville; and Cody Ryder, 31, of Springfield were sentenced Monday, federal prosecutors said.

Marshall, who was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison, was the ringleader of the theft ring, according to court records. The court also imposed a $750,000 money judgment to be forfeited to the government and ordered Marshall to pay $19,133 in restitution to victims of the conspiracy who law enforcement were able to identify.

Marshall was also ordered to forfeit the following items to the government that were seized by officers:

  • 33 rifles,
  • 20 scopes,
  • six shotguns,
  • 26 handguns,
  • a Glock sub conversion kit,
  • eight ammunition magazines,
  • a 2011 Ram 3500 one-ton pickup,
  • a 2004 Dodge Ram,
  • a flatbed trailer,
  • two 42-foot gooseneck flatbed trailers,
  • a 16-foot livestock trailer,
  • a 2021 Load N Go utility trailer,
  • a 2007 car hauler trailer,
  • a Volkswagen dune buggy,
  • two Harley Davidson motorcycles,
  • a 2012 Keystone 5th wheel camper,
  • a Caterpillar skid steer,
  • a 2019 Honda Talon SXS 1000 side by side,
  • a 2016 Polaris RZR side by side,
  • a Polaris Ranger 4×4, 
  • and 191 catalytic converters.

In June, Marshall pleaded guilty transporting stolen property across state lines.

The theft of catalytic converters has soared across the country because they contain valuable precious metal.

Prosecutors said Marshall took the stolen emission control devices, valued at $1 million or more, to the business in Arkansas. He also bought stolen devices from his co-defendants and others he recruited for another $1 million.

Ryder was sentenced to two years and five months and Davis was sentenced to five years of probation.

Co-defendants Enx Khoshaba, 30, Leslie Ice, 38, and Eric Kaltenbach, 38, all of Springfield, and Danielle Ice, 34, of Columbia (formerly of Springfield), have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy to transport stolen property across state lines and await sentencing.

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