A Florida man has been arrested in a multi-county crime spree with his focus being catalytic converters.

Florida Sheriff Says “Dirtbag” Made The Mistake Of Coming Back To His County

A Florida man has been arrested in a multi-county crime spree with his focus being catalytic converters.

Deputies arrested Misael Siverio Mesa after conducting a high-risk traffic stop. He was arrested for possession of Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, burglary, and grand theft.

On July 5, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Days Inn in reference to a stolen catalytic converter. Deputies reviewed surveillance video from the Days Inn and identified a red Chevrolet Camaro as the suspect vehicle.

Then on July 21, FCSO’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) determined the suspect vehicle was back in Flagler County. FCSO’s Community Policing Division monitored the vehicle and was able to conduct a traffic stop and arrest Mesa on drug charges.

A Florida man has been arrested in a multi-county crime spree with his focus being catalytic converters.
Misael Siverio Mesa

Detectives responded to the scene to interview the driver. Inside of the vehicle were burglary tools, two catalytic converters, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

Detectives interviewed Mesa, who admitted to committing about 13 catalytic converter thefts throughout the east coast of Florida.

Mesa was linked to multiple catalytic converter thefts throughout Flagler, Volusia, and St. Johns County. Detectives were able to locate the exact location of both newly stolen catalytic converters found in his car.

“This dirtbag made the mistake of returning to Flagler County to commit more crimes,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Our Real Time Crime Center using our technology, deputies using good old fashion police work and great detective work, we obtained a confession and solved numerous catalytic converter thefts in Flagler and throughout the east coast of Florida.”

Mesa was transported the Flagler County Jail, dubbed “Green Roof Inn” with charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, Burglary of a Conveyance and Grand Theft from a vehicle $750 to $5,000. He is being held on no bond.

The investigation is still active and additional charges are pending.

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