A soldier stationed in Georgia was arrested after he was caught stealing a catalytic converter from a car in South Carolina.
On July 12, a Jasper County Deputy was traveling on a road parallel to I-95 when he saw a suspicious white Ford Crown Victoria parked behind a vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 95.
As he got closer, he saw Kyle Williams Kelly approaching the disabled vehicle carrying a battery-powered saw.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he saw Kelly removing the catalytic converter from under the disabled car.
The officer identified him as a 27-year-old active duty soldier stationed at Fort Stewart and placed him under arrest.
“Kelly was a soldier from the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart and was in active duty as a soldier in the United States Army,” chief deputy Jeff Crosby told the Jasper County Sun Times.
During the search of his vehicle, officers found 1.3 grams of powder Cocaine, a Sig Sauer .9mm handgun, various hand and power tools, a cutting torch, bolt cutters, and nine catalytic converters that appeared to have been recently cut from vehicles.
“This was great work by the deputy and we appreciate his work to apprehend the suspect,” Crosby said. “The car had been sitting on the side of the road for several days and had been tagged by the South Carolina Highway Patrol for removal when the incident happened.”
Kelly was charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of Nonferrous Metals in a Vehicle, One count of Malicious Injury to Real Property, one count of Possession of Tools or Other Implements Capable of Being Used in a Crime, one count of Possession of Cocaine, and one count of Unlawful Carrying of Pistol.
After being transported to the Jasper County Detention Center, Kelly was given a $20,000 cash or surety bond.
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