Sheriff Employee Arrested for Stealing Converters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man who was arrested for stealing patrol car converters and selling them for scrap was an employee of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Elias Jose Noa was a technician with the vehicle maintenance department. He was arrested Tuesday and charged with grand theft
and dealing in stolen property. He was ordered held on $56,000 bond.

Investigators say Noa stole at least 37 catalytic converters and sold them for about $8,000.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera says the investigation continues, but would not say if other employees are involved.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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