Trio charged with possession of stolen catalytic converters


April 18 – A traffic stop last month continues to produce charges against three counties in Cumberland as investigators continue their investigation into the theft of catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in the county.

Albert Keith Griffin, 42, Wabash Lane, Amberly Nicole Hassler, 31, Lee Circle and Joseph David Sadula, 32, Walla Walla Trace, were being held in Cumberland County Jail after Crossville police served them mandates in the context of the same case.

They were also remanded in custody for failing to appear in court.

On April 13, the three men were served with warrants charging them with buying, selling or receiving stolen property in connection with catalytic converters seized during a traffic stop.

Deputy Jacob Moore wrote in his report that he stopped a Chrysler Pacifica pickup truck at the intersection of Stone Burks Lane and Dunbar Rd. for failing to hold the lane of traffic at 1 a.m. on March 28.

Moore discovered Hassler was the driver and also learned through a records check that his driver’s license had been suspended.

Moore initially thought he had salvaged five catalytic converters from inside the van, but later, through investigations, discovered that the number of converters in the van amounted to nine.

Sheriff’s Investigator Bo Kollros and Sheriff Casey Cox, along with Crossville Police investigators, identified some of the converters as stolen. CPD detectives filed charges against the three last week and on April 13, sheriff’s investigators charged the three with possession of the stolen converters.

Bail for the three on the latest charges has been set at $1,500 and all three will appear in Court of General Sessions.

Michael Moser can be contacted at [email protected]


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