Man charged with stealing $50k worth of metal from railroad tracks, businesses

Mugshot courtesy of the North Kingstown Police Department

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A North Kingstown man was arrested Thursday, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of metal from area railroad tracks and businesses.

Town police said they developed information that Louis Pelcher was involved in several thefts of catalytic converters from businesses. Amtrak joined the investigation when it was learned Pelcher may have also stolen a large amount of metal from railroad tracks in the area.

Pelcher, 40, was taken into custody after investigators conducted a search warrant at his home and found numerous stolen metals from Amtrak.

According to police, the total value of the catalytic converters is $15,000, while Amtrak estimates the amount of metal stolen from the train tracks is $35,000.

Pelcher is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on six counts of larceny over $1,500.

North Kingstown police and Amtrak investigators are working with other police departments to determine if Pelcher is responsible for similar crimes elsewhere.

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