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Three men sentenced for catalytic converter thefts in Reno/Sparks

Detectives arrested Craig Maggard and John Gilchrist on April 11, 2021 while they were...
Detectives arrested Craig Maggard and John Gilchrist on April 11, 2021 while they were allegedly stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle.(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 4:38 PM PDT|Updated: Dec. 10, 2021 at 10:15 AM PST
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE DEC. 10: The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office says three men have been sentenced for catalytic converter thefts in Washoe County.

Detectives arrested Craig Maggard, 40, and John Gilchrist, 49, of Sparks on April 11, 2021 just before 5 a.m. while they were allegedly stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle.

Maggard and Gilchrist were each sentenced to one count of Grand Larceny Valued Between $1500 and $5000 to a maximum term of 4 years in prison. They could be eligible for parole after 19 months.

Broderick Allen Johnston, 26, of Carmichael, California, was sentenced on one count of Grand Larceny Valued Between $1500 and $5,000 to 2.5 years in prison, with parole eligibility after a minimum of 1 year has been served. Johnston pled guilty in July of having stolen a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked at a Reno casino in April.

Detectives had been investigating the string of thefts for some time and said the suspects would sell the converters to metal recycling businesses.

Anyone with information about catalytic converter thefts is asked to contact police or to report the information to Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

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