Monroe man charged with stealing catalytic converters – Times News Online


Published on April 23, 2022 at 08:09

A Stroudsburg man has been charged with stealing multiple catalytic converters from a Monroe County residence.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Pennsylvania State Police – Lehighton Barracks in the case against Dennis Kowalski:

At 3:07 p.m. on April 13, a caller said a man was removing parts from a vehicle parked on property in the 5100 block of Brook Road, Polk Township. The caller said he contacted the owner, who said no one should be on the property.

The caller and her boyfriend told police they saw a white male with a distinct haircut climb out from under the right front wheel of the blue GMS Sierra pickup truck with a yellow cordless tool in his hand.

They also saw a dark red Dodge Stratus sedan at the end of Brook Road and Jonas Road. They said one of the women asked for directions and said she thought her car might have overheated.

Both vehicles on the property had freshly cut catalytic converters.

The soldiers saw the Stratus park in the Valor House parking lot. One of the occupants, Daneva Purcell, 20, said Kowalski stole the vehicle’s ‘cats’, and that she and her 17-year-old sister dropped Kowalski off when they stopped at Brook Road and Jonas Road and that he left carrying a blanket and other items.

Purcell said she and her sister left the scene and then stopped to pick up Kowalski, who was walking down the shoulder of Jonas Road with a gray blanket and items underneath. They said they didn’t know what he had.

Kowalski was taken into custody and also had glass bags containing residue in the pockets of his jeans.

Purcell said Kowalski put a blanket in the trunk of the car.

The cover contained two catalytic converters. Police also found two other catalytic converters buried under clothing, a small Coca-Cola bag containing a hacksaw blade; a DeWalt cordless reciprocating saw with batteries and numerous contraband items used with controlled substances.

The people in the car said the bags belonged to Kowalski.

Kowalski faces four counts of theft by unlawful taking, theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property; two counts of criminal mischief; and one count of intentional possession of an instrumentality of crime, intentional possession of a controlled substance by an unregistered person, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held in Monroe County Jail in lieu of $40,000 monetary bond and is scheduled to undergo preliminary harassment April 29 before Stroudsburg District Judge Daniel Kresge.

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