Medford Man Sentenced to 2 to 4 Years in Prison in Second Catalytic Converter Theft Case
A Medford man was sentenced to two to four years in prison for stealing two catalytic converters from a
work truck in Rocky Point.
At the time of his plea, Daniel Labbe, 43, was already serving a prison sentence for a previous catalytic
On October 22, 2022, at approximately 8:50 a.m., Labbe removed two catalytic converters from a work
truck parked at MJM Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc. on Route 25A in Rocky Point. Catalytic converters
are a part of a vehicle’s exhaust device and use precious metals in their center to reduce pollutants from
a vehicle’s engine. These precious metals, which include palladium, platinum, and rhodium can be more
valuable than gold and make catalytic converters a target for theft. They can be stolen from underneath
a vehicle in only a few minutes using a reciprocating saw.
On April 27, 2023, Labbe pleaded guilty before Supreme Court Justice Timothy P. Mazzei to auto
stripping in the second degree, a Class E felony. On May 17, 2023, Mazzei sentenced Labbe to two to
four years in prison.
At the time of his sentence, Labbe was already serving two to four years in prison for a previous
catalytic converter theft in which he was sentenced on January 13, 2023. The two sentences will run
“In Suffolk County, you cannot steal other people’s property without consequence. Our law
enforcement partners will find you and arrest you, and we will do our best to send you to prison,” said
Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney. “We care about quality-of-life crimes like catalytic
converter theft. There is no place in Suffolk County for this kind of conduct that hurts our residents.”