Police arrest three men in connection to multiple burglaries and thefts

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Police Department has made three arrests after a nearly nine-month-long investigation into multiple thefts from businesses and vehicles.

Officials say at least two business were burglarized, two vehicles were stolen, and numerous catalytic converters were taken from cars.

John Wheatley, 46, of Bowling Green was charged with a slew of crimes including nine counts of felony theft, two counts third-degree burglary, two counts of receiving stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine.

Michael Anderson, 32, of Bowling Green was charged with three counts felony theft.

Steven Graves, 40, of Bowling Green was charged with one count of felony theft and possession of methamphetamine.

A local mechanic, Chris Morris, said these parts are valuable due to the metal inside, including platinum.

A catalytic converter “takes the exhaust coming out of your engine and [runs] the exhaust through a bunch of different metals,” said Morris.

Officers with the Western Kentucky University Police Department also identified similar crimes on campus property.

“These thefts have been occurring, and they are occurring very quickly. One of the reasons they will target SUV vehicle is because they sit up higher off of the ground. They are quicker to get up under. They can simply just take a saw and they are out in under five minutes,” said Officer Tim Gray, WKU PD.

WKU PD and BGPD worked together to make arrests on the suspects.