A Memphis man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Henry County after being found with seemingly stolen catalytic converters and various burglary tools.

According to a press release by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Tom Bell was told that a silver car was in the parking lot of Russwood Baptist Church in Springville and a man was underneath the church’s van. The man apparently left after being seen.

Sheriff’s Deputy Britany Nance later found the same vehicle at an unnamed church on Highway 218 and pulled it over. The man driving the vehicle said his name was Brandon Scott and he lived in Memphis. 

In the press release, the sheriff’s department wrote that the subject did not have a driver’s license, nor was the vehicle registered. Three catalytic converters, which “obviously had been cut off of vehicles,” along with a Sawzall reciprocating saw and other tools were found in the vehicle. 

The release indicated that it was unknown where the converters were stolen from, at that time.

The man was later discovered to be Dwayne Morgan, also known as Dwayne Rawls, 25, of Memphis. He was arrested by Nance about 3 p.m. and charged with possession of burglary tools, driving without a license, criminal attempt to commit theft of property and criminal impersonation. 

An arrest report indicated that Morgan was scheduled to appear Thursday in General Sessions Court. His bond was listed at $1,000.

The sheriff’s department also wrote this at the end of the press release:

“The theft of catalytic converters has become a major problem in the area. Investigation has found that several groups and or persons are involved with the thefts.

“The Henry County Sheriff’s Office asks that people watch for suspicious vehicles and persons in church and business parking lots day or night.”

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