Saco man charged with car parts in Augusta

Posted Aug. 23, 2010, at 8:39 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine man is facing charges stemming from a string of thefts of catalytic converters from a number of car dealerships in the Augusta area.

Police say 41-year-old Stephen F. Ivanusic, formerly of Augusta and now of Saco, was charged with four felony counts stemming from the thefts that took place between June 24 and July 17.

Augusta Police Detective Jason Cote tells the Kennebec Journal the devices were cut from the vehicles using an exhaust pipe cutter.

Catalytic converters are pollution control devices in a vehicle’s exhaust system. They are attractive to thieves because they contain precious metals. They can be worth between $20 and $200 at a scrap dealer.

Ivanusic was charged earlier this month. He’s in jail on unrelated charges.

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