Police arrested two men in Laurel County early Wednesday after they allegedly cut a catalytic converter from a rental truck, according to Sheriff John Root.
The men were arrested after a security guard at the L&N Federal Credit Union on U.S. 25E, 10 miles south of London, reported a suspicious car at the Budget rental truck lot next door, according to a news release.
Deputy Brett Reeves followed the car to another parking lot and saw a cordless saw and a scissor jack in the back seat during his investigation.
There also was a catalytic converter in the trunk, apparently from one of the trucks, Root said in the news release.
Thieves value the converters because they can be sold at recycling centers.
Three other converters had been cut from Budget trucks at the same lot in the past few days, and the area has been plagued with a rash of such thefts over the past few months, police said.
Police charged Carl A. Eldridge 36, of Flat Lick, and Robert C. Kelly, 23, of London, with theft and second-degree criminal mischief.