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Arizona man charged with stealing catalytic converters from cars at SLC Airport parking lot

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Feb 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-28 17:38:48-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A man from Phoenix, Arizona has been charged with stealing catalytic converters from multiple cars that were parked at the Salt Lake City International Airport last month.

Police received reports from five different vehicle owners who had left their cars in the economy parking lot and found that the parts were missing when they returned between late January and early February.

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Investigators reviewed surveillance video from the lot in which they saw a Dodge Charger pull up to each of the cars on Jan. 30. The footage then shows a man, identified as Ryan Brannon Ogburn, getting out of his vehicle, using a jack to raise the victims' cars, removing the catalytic converters, then putting them in his trunk. Ogburn is later seen opening his trunk, making the stolen parts he had allegedly stolen visible on camera.

Four of the five cars targeted were a Toyota Prius, with the estimated cost to repair each vehicle ranging from $1,695 to $3,648.

The car Ogburn, 29, allegedly driving during the thefts was identified as a rental out of Phoenix. A manager of the Enterprise branch there confirmed to police that Ogburn rented the Charger on Jan. 28.

Salt Lake County prosecutors charged Ogburn with 10 third-degree felonies on Friday; five for theft, and five are for criminal mischief.

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Ogburn was already in jail in Arizona on warrants for similar thefts, according to charging documents. It was not clear whether he will be extradited to Utah, but he has been ordered to appear in court on these charges.