Police say thieves stole cars, sold as scrap metal


by WHAS11


Posted on August 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 24 at 6:41 PM

Two people were arrested Friday afternoon after surveillance video caught one of them stealing a part off of a car at a lot on Dixie Highway.
That theft was just the beginning of what turned out to be a stolen car ring.
Police believe the suspects are responsible for stealing at least four cars in the past several weeks as well as a catalytic converter from a car dealership.
The main suspect was indicted just last year after he was arrested for allegedly stealing other cars, a shipping container and several other catalytic converters which were all intended for sale to scrap metal dealers.
Joel Huddleson and his girlfriend Angelina Hendricks are all facing multiple felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
They are also believed to be involved in the theft of a catalytic converter off a Toyota parked in the parking lot of Dixie Car Sales on Dixie Highway.
Police reports indicate Huddleson admitted involvement in the theft.
In surveillance video of the incident, Huddleson pulls up in a wrecker, which police believe he used to steal several cars since July.
Investigators say he sold those vehicles to scrap metal dealers in Louisville.
So far, Huddleson has been charged with four vehicle thefts, most of which were taken from apartment parking lots or from homes.
Car dealer Ricky Priest, who is one of the victims, says the thefts are becoming a growing problem.
“They may get $70, $80, maybe $150 from one. A catalytic converter that could cost me over$2,000,” Priest said.
Priest says that in addition to the catalytic converter, thieves have taken copper from his air conditioner and three vehicles in the past year, leading him to step up security.