Pair removed nearly 50 catalytic converters from cars: police

BROOKHAVEN TOWN, NY – A pair of local men stole nearly 50 catalytic converters from cars in Holtsville and Medford last month, Suffolk Police said.

Police say Blaise Marckesano, 37, of Shirley and Jonathan Martinez, 31, of Manorville stole 49 catalytic converters, including 39 from a location on Middle Avenue in Holtsville, and 10 from a Long Island Avenue, Medford , between February 17 and February 28, according to the police.

The couple have been charged – Marckesano on Wednesday and Martinez on Thursday – with four counts each of first-degree automatic stripping, felonies, police said.

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Marckesano was also charged with thefts of catalytic converters from locations on the Montauk Freeway in Mastic and Clinton Street in Center Moriches, according to police. He stole two catalytic converters from a 2019 Chevrolet Express van in Mastic between February 9 and 10, as well as catalytic converters from work vans in Center Moriches, police said.

He was charged with third and fourth degree robbery, felonies and possession of burglar tools, a misdemeanor, police say.

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Both Marckesano and Martinez were released on their own recognizances and are due back in court on March 14, according to online court records.

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