Thursday, January 6, 2022

Catalytic Converter Thief Busted

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

State Auditor Shad White and George County School District Superintendent Wade Whitney, Jr. announced today Elijah Murrah has been indicted for grand larceny in George County. Special Agents from the State Auditor’s office assisted the George County School District Police Department in the investigation.

Murrah is accused of stealing multiple catalytic converters from parked vehicles owned by the George County School District. He allegedly used a saw to cut the catalytic converters from school-owned vehicles and later sold them. 

“Theft of property from public school children cannot be tolerated. If you know of any other theft of any property from school districts, please contact my office,” said Auditor White. “We will keep your identity confidential.”

"The George County School District will continue to have a zero tolerance for the theft of any school district property,” said Superintendent Whitney. “We are very proud of the efforts of our school district police department and the support we received from the State Auditor's Office."

If convicted of this grand larceny charge, Murrah will face up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Murrah is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The case will be prosecuted by the office of District Attorney Angel McIlrath.

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the red button at or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.


Anonymous said...

There is a lot of money in those converters. It's a nation wide problem.

Anonymous said...

Thieves gonna thieve. Perfect defense tactic IMO.

Anonymous said...

a ruffian-

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the guy must be "exhausted".

Anonymous said...

@3:38pm - Ba dum tsssss

Anonymous said...

Prayers for the Crystal Methodist.

Anonymous said...

"School District Police Department?" Wow, their own police department. And the good citizens are worried about some catalytic converters thievery?

Anonymous said...

"Theft of property from public school children cannot be tolerated."

You idiot, the taxpayers - not the children - own that property.

Anonymous said...

Damn, Shaddie boy going for the rotten fermenting fruit on the ground isnt he? Surely he has something much bigger to go after.

Anonymous said...

OK 5:51. If you know of 'something much bigger' that he ought to go after - do what is said at the end of his press release. Call them; tell them.

Just as in this case when the School District called him, it was his job to go after the crook, whether it is big enough to satisfy you or not. What would you prefer, that he tell them: "no, gonna leave him alone. That fruit is rotting on the ground, and I'm only looking for the big kuhuna."

Anonymous said...

Guys like this cost people thousands in repairs and more in wasted time, in exchange for pennies on the dollar. I’m glad someone is cracking down on this. I really don’t care who.

Anonymous said...

This is a law enforcement issue. Shad must have not had any auditor business to do.

Anonymous said...

@9:38 PM - I believe that the perp is a school employee, thus it's embezzlement.

Anonymous said...

Just wait til Chokwe announces two hundred of them stolen from the city impound yard. Ah...who you reckon would be involved in that?

Anonymous said...

What about the guy he sold them to?

Anonymous said...

I have never understood why the people who buy them are not prosecuted. I mean really, how else are you going to get a catalytic converter unless you steal it. They KNOW they are buying stolen property. I guarantee you if they bust a few people at these metal recycling places this nonsense will stop.

Jimmy Taylor said...

Yes, alot of school districts have their own police dept.

Be Safe

Anonymous said...

MCCSA has had several of their buses relieved of their cadillac convertors up here in Canton. They have been replaced and stolen again. Their parking is right on W Peace St and one would think someone would see and hear something. Sawzalls make quite a racket. We have a Can Man in town that does a brisk business with scrap metal sales.

Anonymous said...

They should get the shop classes to weld up a cage of sorts and get the bus barn to weld them over the Cadillac converters.

Anonymous said...

No blessings for you !! Hmmmmm, I guess if PPE fraud by county officials were SNAP cards or these converters ..............

Anonymous said...

How damn much can you get for a used converter? Remember when people were stealing man hole covers and selling them?

Anonymous said...

"OK 5:51. If you know of 'something much bigger' that he ought to go after - do what is said at the end of his press release. Call them; tell them."

He can't because it would cost him his job. Many state personnel have been told by agency leaders, "Go ahead, but if you blow the whistle, they will destroy you".

Seems like Shad & Co. would bring the feds in for RICO predicates. Forcing individuals to participate in graft/theft and "keep your mouth shut or else" qualifies.

Most if not all of Mississippi's governmental operations exist within this deliberately designed culture.

Anonymous said...

A converter for a 2020 F150 will get you 5k at the scrap dealer. You have to wait 3 days for the money if the yard follows state guidelines lol.

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