ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A St. Louis County grand jury has indicted four men in connection with a major theft of a catalytic converter at a Maryland Heights bakery in 2021.
Da’Monie Moore, 22, Allen Tikvesa, 20, James Beckring, 19, and Dyland Beckett, 18, have each been charged with stealing at least $25,000.
According to court documents, employees at Bimbo Bakeries on Delord Avenue walked outside the facility on the morning of September 22, 2021 and found that the catalytic converters had been removed from 17 vehicles parked on the property. Twelve of these vehicles belonged to the bakery.
Maryland Heights Police determined the thefts happened overnight. The stolen catalytic converters were valued at approximately $39,612.
Just before employees made their discovery, a Maryland Heights police officer stopped a 1999 Honda Odyssey for a traffic violation. Inside the vehicle, officers found two catalytic converters and two cordless chainsaws, including new and used saw blades. These converters have been identified as having been stolen from the Bimbo Bakeries property.
The three men in the car – Brockett, Beckring and Moore – were taken into custody.
According to a Maryland Heights Police Department probable cause statement, Brockett admitted to driving Beckring and Moore to the Bimbo lot and helping them offload the stolen catalytic converters at an apartment. Moore confessed to being present at the theft and helping unload. Beckring said he worked with the others to steal the converters.
Police went to the apartment in question and found 39 stolen catalytic converters, as well as other saws, blades and battery chargers. The apartment was rented to Tikvesa, who also owned the Honda Odyssey the suspects drove. He was taken into custody.
Prosecutors allege Tikvesa denied involvement in the thefts but told investigators he directed the others to target the bakery. They say he confessed to being in the area in another vehicle and driving around the area to “make sure they were okay”. He denied acting as a lookout.
If convicted, all four men face between three and 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
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