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Person suspected in automobile sections theft at UT garage attempts to address his tracks by spray-painting automobile, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UTHSC campus police say a man painted his full motor vehicle with black spray paint and hooked up generate-out tags, but that didn’t cease them from connecting the vehicle to a the latest auto part theft at the faculty.

UTHSC law enforcement reported Steven Reynolds, 29, was arrested immediately after just one of their officers spotted his auto in the parking ton of the Motel 6 on Pauline Road.

Motel 6 on Pauline

The officer claimed he observed Reynolds attaching a generate-out tag to a 1996 Toyota Avalon and recognized the car had identical markings and scratches as an Avalon utilized in a catalytic converter theft in the Hamilton Eye Institute garage final Tuesday.

Police mentioned Reynolds informed them he had just purchased the Avalon and bought the travel-out tags from another person staying at the motel.

Hamilton Eye Institue parking garage on Madison Avenue

UTHSC Law enforcement explained the Avalon appeared to be freshly painted with black spray paint, and they located battery-operated reducing resources in the back of the car or truck.

The campus police officers reported they uncovered other theft tools inside his motel place.

The officers mentioned surveillance movie delivered by Motel 6 also confirmed Reynolds driving into the motel lot a several minutes after the theft at the UT parking garage. The garage on Madison is significantly less than a fifty percent-mile absent.

Immediately after Reynolds was taken into custody, UTHSC police say he admitted he experienced stolen catalytic converters in the earlier, but stated he did not steal the a person at the UT garage.

Steven Reynolds

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the increase throughout the region. The robbers are right after the valuable metal inside of, worthy of up to $1,200 an ounce.

The price tag for the target to change the catalytic converter is about $1,500.

Reynolds has been charged with theft of home and altering, falsifying, or forging vehicle plates.