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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - One of the people involved in the theft of catalytic converters in the Rochester area is being given a chance to avoid going to prison.

60-year-old Keith Wilcox recently pleaded guilty to three felony charges related to the theft of the vehicle emission control devices and was given multiple stayed prison sentences. He was also given stayed prison sentences for convictions on charges of fleeing police and possession of burglary or theft tools stemming from an incident that occurred a month before he was caught in possession of 8 stolen catalytic converters in early May.

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In that case, Wilcox was spotted behind the wheel of a suspicious pickup truck at Dahl Trucks in Eyota. The criminal complaint says an Olmsted County deputy followed him to a nearby convenience store and arrested Wilcox after spotting the catalytic converters in the cab of the pickup. Investigators indicated at least two of them had been stolen from trucks at the Eyota business and a spokesman for the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said it was suspected the others were from RVs that have been stripped of the devices at a storage business in Rochester.

While he will not have to serve prison time if he stays out of trouble, Wilcox was given a 6-month jail sentence and has been placed on probation for five years. He was also ordered to pay over $9000 in restitution.

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