Man gets jail in Naperville catalytic converter theft

A 31-year-old man is serving a six-month sentence in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, after being convicted of stealing a catalytic converter from a car parked outside a business on Naperville’s far west side.

Derrick A. Moore, of Chicago’s south side, remained Monday in jail, after being found guilty of a felony charge of theft of property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000.

Naperville police used fingerprints to link Moore to the theft. It occurred about 4:51 p.m. Sept. 5 on the 1900 block of Glacier Park Avenue, police Sgt. Bill Davis said.

Police were called that afternoon to investigate the removal of a catalytic converter from a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, Davis wrote in an email. A crime scene technician “recovered several latent prints from the area on the vehicle where the converter was removed,” he said.

“Upon further investigation, the prints … were identified” from a database as belonging to Moore, Davis said. Officials of the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office then authorized the theft charge, and a judge issued a warrant for Moore’s arrest.

Davis said police on April 25 took Moore into custody at Cook County Jail in Chicago. He said he did not know the circumstances surrounding Moore’s capture and transportation to the jail.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn E. Creswell on May 6 accepted Moore’s plea and imposed his sentence. Court records showed Creswell gave Moore credit toward his sentence for the 12 days he spent in jail following his arrest.

Creswell also placed Moore on two years of probation, and ordered him to make restitution for the theft of the converter and the damage done to the Cavalier, records indicated. Prosecutors agreed to not pursue a companion count of criminal damage to property not exceeding $300 in exchange for Moore’s plea to the theft charge.

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise for years. The devices are sought-after by thieves because they contain small amounts of the precious metals palladium, platinum and rhodium, which can be sold on the black market.

An examination of court documents revealed Moore had no prior criminal record in DuPage, Kane or Will counties. It could not be immediately learned if he is a suspect in other recent catalytic converter thefts.