The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of two men suspected in the theft of two catalytic converters, and authorities say more arrests could be pending in relation to a recent string of such thefts.
Justin Lynn Odom, 40, of Bristol, and Henry Allen Eugene Shiver, 39, of Eastpoint, are each charged with grand theft, criminal mischief resulting in damage of more than $1,000, and trespass on posted property.
In a press release, JCSO reports that an off-duty deputy with the agency saw a silver Toyota pull onto the property of a business he knew to be closed and that he “observed the vehicle department from a locked gate, where a vehicle was parked,” the release stated. “The deputy, being aware of a recent string of catalytic converter thefts, checked underneath the vehicle and observed the catalytic converter had been cut. The deputy immediately relayed this information to JCSO dispatchers, providing the vehicle description and direction of travel. A Florida Highway Patrol unit was in the area and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of NW Bodiford Road and NW Oglesby Road in Calhoun County,” the release continued.
Officials said a woman was with the two men identified as Odom and Shiver, and that she was arrested by FHP on unrelated charges. She is not listed here, as further information on her charges was not provided.
“During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Shiver and Odom had entered the closed business, passing two locked gates, with the intention of stealing catalytic converters,” the release states. “Tools to accomplish this crime were located within the vehicle they were traveling in along with two catalytic converters. Shiver and Odom were placed under arrest in Calhoun County and warrants have been issued in Jackson County. Shivers and Odom will be extradited to Jackson County to answer to the charges listed.”
Jackson County Sheriff Donnie Edenfield extended thanks in the release for the assistance of the Florida Highway Patrol and Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel and his team in locating and arresting the individuals. “Additional suspects in the recent catalytic converter thefts are being identified and investigated and additional arrests and charges are forthcoming,” the narrative concluded.