Police: 1 arrested for stealing catalytic converters from Dubuque business

Justin A. Hoffmann, 35, of Charlotte, Iowa, was arrested at 2:14 p.m. Thursday at Dubuque Law Enforcement Center on a warrant charging second-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree theft.

Court documents state that police responded to Newt Marine Service, 5 Jones St., on Nov. 21. An employee reported that catalytic converters had been removed from two vehicles belonging to the business. The converters were worth about $500, and the cost to repair the vehicles was about $2,500.

Traffic camera footage showed that a truck arrived at Newt at about 1:40 a.m. Nov. 18, documents state. A person can be seen approaching one of the vehicles and carrying an item away before leaving at about 1:55 a.m.

Police used city traffic camera footage to track the truck prior to the theft and determined it was occupied by two people, one of which was identified as Hoffmann. Documents do not state the identity of the other person.