Woman charged for her role in catalytic converter theft ring in Florida

MARION COUNTY FLORIDA – Authorities have arrested a woman in conjunction with a rash of thefts of catalytic converters in the region in recent weeks.  According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Rosa Kodjafachian was found with 42 converters in her home being prepared for sale to a company in Texas.

MCSO reported:

Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Property Crimes detectives arrested Rosa Kodjafachian (W/F, DOB:05/13/1978) for Engaging in a Pattern Failure to Maintain Records and Purchasing Regulated Metals from seller Without a Vehicle, which are both felony offenses.

During the course of an ongoing investigation into catalytic converter thefts throughout Marion County Property Crimes, detectives were led to execute a search warrant at Kodjafachian’s residence, located at10735 SE 131st Lane, Ocklawaha, Florida.

During the search, detectives located 42 catalytic converters in her home, along with invoices dating back to 2018 that detailed large quantities of catalytic converters having been sold to a company in Texas.

MCSO also received information that Kodjafachian, who holds secondhand dealer credentials, is the primary buyer of catalytic converters in Marion County. Sources also confirmed that she did not typically require any identification or proof of ownership for the converters she purchased.

Detectives believe that this intentional failure to maintain records and flagrant disregard for the regulations on her business has significantly contributed to the recent thefts of catalytic converters, of which Marion County has received more than 90 reports of catalytic converter thefts since January 1, 2020. Kodjafachian was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she is held on a$40,000.00 bond.

MCSO Property Crimes detectives are continuing to investigate the vast number of catalytic converter thefts.