SPD Makes Arrest for Catalytic Converter Theft

Julie Humphreys, Public Safety Communication Manager, 509.625.5868


Friday, April 15, 2022 at 5:13 p.m.


The arrest of a suspect in a catalytic converter theft today leads to the seizure of 3 vehicles and additional stolen property

On 04/15/2022 SPD officers arrested Kennard Supak (30) for theft of a catalytic converter on 03/29/22 from a car parked at a retail outlet in North Spokane. Witnesses noticed two males sitting in a truck parked very near to the car from which the converter was stolen. They saw one man exit the truck and a short time later report hearing the sound of metal being cut coming from underneath the car. The witnesses were able to provide police a description of the truck.  Detectives with SPD’s SPEAR (Stolen Property Enforcement and Recovery) Unit developed probable cause to arrest Supak and another suspect for 2nd Degree Theft, 2nd Degree Maliciuos Mischief, and 1st Degree Trafficking in Stolen Property. This morning officers located and arrested Supak and seized the truck. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail. Supak has 6 felony convictions.

The second suspect is still outstanding. While police officers were searching for him at a home he is known to frequent, they located a vehicle identified as a getaway car in the theft of a $1,300 guitar earlier this week. Additionally officers located stolen property and a visible handgun inside another vehicle in the driveway. Both cars were seized.

The substantial increase in the theft of catalytic converters in our area is a growing concern. Theives steal the converters and sell them for anywhere from $50 to $500. Sadly, victims often face upwards of $2,000 for repairs needed with a new converter. In this case, the victim’s estimated cost of repair was $2,800. This theft happened in broad daylight in a visible retail outlet parking lot. SPD reminds you, like the witnesses in this case, to be alert – if you see someone under a car or hear metal being cut, please safely notify police.

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