3 Louisiana men indicted for Port Arthur catalytic converter theft operation

Published 12:34 am Friday, September 24, 2021

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted three Louisiana men for felony theft of catalytic converters.

According to court documents, Port Arthur Police were called to Bent Tree Apartments, 7207 Lake Arthur Drive, Aug. 15 for a metal theft in progress.

The caller said the suspected thieves were possibly driving a white Jeep and were underneath a vehicle cutting out catalytic converters.

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Responding officers saw a white Mercedes SUV, which they said looked similar to a Jeep, leave a parking spot where the theft was said to have occurred.

Police attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle fled and led officers on a chase, the document read.

The SUV was found at 1300 Joe Louis with the doors opened, and the three men believed to have been part of the theft were located.

Police also reportedly found four catalytic converters along with tools used to cut metal pipes.

Raymond Williams, 23, of Bunkie, Louisiana; Enkoce Jackson, 24, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; and Deaaundrakous Hagger, 22, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were for felony theft.

The three men have since bonded out of jail.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.