Catalytic converter thieves plead guilty in million dollar scheme

A Rogersville man is the latest to plead guilty in connection with the theft of 10’s of thousands of catalytic converters in Missouri. 24-year-old Evan Marshall of Rogersville pleaded guilty in Federal Court for his role in a scheme to transport the stolen catalytic converters across state lines as part of a multimillion-dollar business. Marshall is the 6th of 7 defendants to plead guilty in the case. By pleading guilty today, Marshall admitted that he transported the stolen catalytic converters from December 2019 and October 2021. Marshall also admitted that he bought tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters directly from his co-defendants and from other thieves, and sold the stolen catalytic converters for a total of approximately $1 million dollars. According to court documents, Marshall started out by selling junk vehicles to a company in Mountain Home, Arkansas, but later transitioned to buying stolen catalytic converters and selling them to the Mountain Home Company exclusively. While a sentencing date hasn’t been set at this time, Marshall could serve up to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
Co-defendants Cody Ryder, 30, Enx Khoshaba, 29, Leslie Ice, 37, and Eric Kaltenbach, 37, all of Springfield, and Camren Joseph Davis, 25, of Rogersville, have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to transport stolen property across state lines.