3 suspects charged with running multi-county criminal enterprise targeting catalytic converters

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Greensburg, PA -- A multi-county investigation led to the arrests of several suspects accused of running a criminal enterprise, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Detectives with North Huntingdon Township Police worked collaboratively with the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office to file charges against Harold Wade, Antonio Johnson and Christian Buie -- all from Chicago, Illinois.

These suspects are accused of hitting dozens of businesses and neighborhoods in and around Westmoreland, Allegheny and Fayette counties.

The three men who are facing criminal charges, at this time, are accused of running a catalytic converter theft ring that caused extensive damage to a substantial number of vehicles. Estimated damages are said to be well over $200,000.

Car Dealerships, towing companies and unsuspecting drivers parked on the street were some of the victims who were targeted.

This investigation and these arrests would not have culminated without the cooperation of law enforcement from North Huntingdon Police – Pennsylvania State Police in Uniontown – Moon Township Police and Pittsburgh City Police in Allegheny County.

“The brazen act of these suspects not only cost innocent drivers and business owners thousands of dollars in repairs, but these suspects terrorized our neighborhoods and businesses across the western Pennsylvania region for weeks,” Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole W. Ziccarelli said.

The three suspects are in the custody of the Westmoreland County Prison and were denied bail.

This is an ongoing investigation; more charges could be filed, and additional suspects could be criminally charged.

If anyone has any information or may be a potential victim, you are asked to call your local municipality or State Police in Uniontown at 724-439-7111.

Date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 11:30am

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