ST. GEORGE — A LaVerkin man is in custody facing multiple charges filed in connections with several unrelated investigations, including a case involving the theft of several catalytic converters – a specific crime that has increased by more than 600% across the state over the last two years.

The investigation into the thefts began Aug. 24 when officers were dispatched to a wrecking yard in St. St. George to follow-up on a report involving nine catalytic converters that were stolen from the facility. A number of the converters were still operational and were lined up to be sold.

Officers went to Purgatory Correctional Facility to speak to the inmate suspected in the thefts, 39-year-old Frank Nathan Madrid, who was still in custody following his arrest the day before during a traffic stop in which officers report