2 arrested in connection with stealing multiple catalytic converters at UCF

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two men have been arrested in connection with multiple catalytic converter thefts on the University of Central Florida’s main campus, police said.


The two suspects, 25-year-old Tyre Deante Smith and 21-year-old Kentrail Traveon McDaniel, were arrested off campus on several charges, including criminal mischief, petit theft, burglary of a conveyance and possession of burglary tools, campus police said.

Both men are from Texas and have no affiliation with UCF.

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During the arrest, more than 20 catalytic converters and a firearm were recovered, police said. Additional local law enforcement agencies are investigating potential crimes committed off campus.

Surveillance camera video of the suspects show them carrying a reciprocating saw and parts of a vehicle exhaust in a parking garage at UCF, police said. License plate readers also showed their rental car entering and leaving campus multiple times throughout the day.

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There have been 14 catalytic converter thefts reported to UCF police so far in 2022, the school said.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.