Jacksonville Area Man Arrested For Stealing Catalytic Converters

Jacksonville’s citizens sometimes feel that they need to take what is not theirs in order to ensure that they have what they want and need to survive. From nine to ninety, people are accused of theft crimes, some, which they did not commit. If someone has been in a situation like this, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are known and protected.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Torre Frankie Ludwig, has been charged with grand theft after he was found with a catalytic converter and a sawzall in his van. Ludwig’s arrest came after an Orange Park salvage shop alerted police that Ludwig had sold them thirteen catalytic converters in a week’s time, Ludwig receiving over $1,000 in profit from the sales. catalytic_coverter_2.jpg

Jacksonville theft crimes typically involve theft of some sort of property that will be resold in order to get money. This means that pawn shops, junk yards, and salvage shops, will be the first targets for the reselling of stolen property. As such, the police and shops such as these have teamed up to report suspicious activity such as receiving stolen property or reselling stolen property. Unfortunately, the time between receiving the stolen property and identifying the seller may be too far removed to be accurate.

Most think that theft crimes would be crimes such as robbing banks, department stores, and other commonly associated establishments. However, as the economy has taken a turn, the types of items being stolen has increased and diversified. Catalytic converters have become a very common target for theft, as one theft catalytic converter could be worth as much as $200 at a junkyard or scrap shop.

Law Enforcement as well as others in the legal system are endeavoring to crack down on theft crimes such as these before they become more prevalent in courtrooms across Florida. Many people accused of such crimes are punished much harder for that particular offense because the nature of the offense has such secondary effects as an inoperable car that must now be towed. However tragic for the victim, many of these accused parties’ intent was not to intentionally harm one person but try to help one’s self acquire one’s needs.

Many times in Jacksonville, the place receiving stolen property will attempt to identify the person who supposedly sold the stolen property to them. Police will normally pass around pictures and general information about suspects of such crimes at these establishments. However, by the time that a business or an employee attempts to identify the person, the memory of that suspect is faded, leaving too much room for error in identification.

Many times in the legal system, innocent people are accused of crimes simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, proving one’s innocence may not be an easy task on one’s own. Fortunately for one in a situation like this, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected, one will be able to make sure that one will suffer for something that one simply did not do.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Sources: Man charged with the theft of catalytic converters, Matt Soergel, The Florida Times-Union