Marietta man arrested for attempted theft


From staff reports

A Marietta man was arrested Sunday after attempting to steal two catalytic converters.

Deane Allen Beck Jr., 41, of 105 Melody Lane, was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail for one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; two counts of theft, both first-degree misdemeanors; two counts of possessing criminal tools, both first-degree misdemeanors; and one count of resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.

He appeared in Marietta Municipal Court and bond was set at $3,750 bond.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received a call Sunday reporting a man was observed under a vehicle at Pioneer Collision, 1310 Pike St., Marietta. It was reported that he appeared to be removing the catalytic converter.

A deputy arrived on scene and observed a man, later identified as Beck, running towards the Ohio River from Pioneer Collision’s parking lot. Beck was carrying a black backpack and two catalytic converters.

The deputy pursued Beck on foot and found him lying over an embankment behind Pioneer Collision. He was ordered to show his hands, in which he did not. Beck then entered the water, leaving the catalytic converters behind, and began to swim away from the deputy. He was again instructed to stop and he continued to swim away.

As Beck was swimming, he removed his backpack and left it in the water near the embankment.

Reno Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene and arrived with a small boat. Responders and officers entered the water to pursue Beck.

After a short search, Beck was located hiding in some weeds, still in the water. He was given multiple commands to surrender, but he continued to swim away in an attempt to elude law enforcement. Eventually Beck complied with the orders and swam toward the boat where he was taken into custody.

He was questioned and asked which vehicles he had removed the catalytic converters from, with him stating he removed them from a white Acura and a black Ford. Vehicles matching these descriptions were found on the Pioneer Collisions lot and both had the catalytic converters cut off.

Beck’s backpack was recovered from the water and a reciprocating saw and angle grinder were found inside.


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