Man gives fake name after officers catch him with chopped catalytic converter

42-year-old Gary Goforth was charged with burglary, theft of property, and possession of burglary tools after he was caught with a saw and fresh-cut catalytic converter.

On October 21st, Memphis Police Officers Linn, Chumney, Thomas, Podesta, and Bartlett responded to reports of theft of vehicle parts at 2980 Summer Avenue. Officers made contact with Jonathan Cohran, who stated he handed his card out to multiple unhoused people. He received a call and text that reported an individual was messing with the vehicles at the parking lot of 2980 Summer Ave. When Jonathan got there he spotted Gary Goforth crouched next to a Jeep, then get into a Dodge Ram. When officers arrived, they detained Gary, who claimed his name was Mario Hays.

Gary Goforth (SCSO)
Gary Goforth (SCSO)

Officers noticed the picture for Mario Hays did not match the man inside of the Dodge Ram. They checked the registered name attached to the vehicle and positively identified Gary Goforth. Officer Thomas spotted a catalytic converter in the bed of Gary’s truck that appeared to be freshly cut. Jonathon claimed it was cut off a Mazda 6 that night. The cut marks on the converter matched the cut marks off of the Mazda 6. A roller seat and a saw were also found inside of the Dodge Ram.

Gary Goforth was arrested and charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of burglary tools, and theft of property. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $7,500 bond.

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