Springfield man accused of stealing catalytic converter

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RICHMONDVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Police arrested Joseph Chickerell, 51, of Springfield, New York, after they say he tried to steal a catalytic converter from a company vehicle in Richmondville. He was arrested on Monday at his home.

The investigation started after an employee found damage to a Ford F-350 at Lancaster Development. The company reviewed its security footage and then reported it to the police.

Troopers say Chickerell attached a strap to the undercarriage of the F-350 and then attached the strap to his vehicle. He then allegedly pulled the catalytic converter off of the truck, damaging his own vehicle, causing more than $5,800 in damage to the F-350.

Charges:

  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (felony)
  • Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (felony)

Chickerell was arraigned in Richmondville Town Court and remanded to Schoharie County Jail without bail. He is due back in court on a later date.

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