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Troopers: Tip leads to Vermont man with stolen catalytic converters in Colonie

Troopers: Tip leads to Vermont man with stolen catalytic converters in Colonie

Troopers: Tip leads to Vermont man with stolen catalytic converters in Colonie
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COLONIE -- A tip led to the arrest of a Vermont man who possessed stolen catalytic converters in Colonie, troopers said.

Troopers responded Saturday to YS Catalytic Recycling in Colonie after they received the tip concerning a man who had been at the business multiple times to scrap catalytic converters that may have been stolen, state police said.

As troopers investigated, the man, identified as Jake I. Hodgdon, 38, of Swanton, Vt., returned to the business.

State police interviewed him and found him in possession of nine stolen catalytic converters, they said.  Hodgdon also tried to hide a tool from troopers that he used to remove the parts, state police said.

Hodgdon was also found to be in possession of a quantity of prescription medication that didn't belong to him, state police said.

Hodgdon faces one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and tampering with physical evidence, felonies. He also faces one count of misdemeanor possession of burglar tools and two counts of misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was arraigned and ordered held. The investigation is continuing, state police said.

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