Prolific Marysville catalytic converter thief headed to prison

EVERETT — A Marysville man police described as a prolific catalytic converter thief will have some time behind bars to think about his crimes.

Michael Heuslein, 41, was sentenced in Snohomish County Superior Court Thursday to nearly two and a half years in prison. He pleaded guilty to six counts of malicious mischief related to the damage created from the thefts.

The prison term was at the top of the state’s standard sentencing range.

Heuslein apologized for his crimes before he was sentenced.

Left unresolved under the plea agreement is how much he will have to pay in restitution.

Everett police believe Heuslein is responsible for stealing more than two dozen car emission devices for their precious metals. Each converter contains platinum and palladium, which fetch a hefty profit on the scrap metal market. The converters on the undercarriage of cars and pickup trucks are used to clean up exhaust.

Heuslein reportedly admitted to catalytic converter thefts in Everett, Bellevue, Mill Creek, Tukwila and Sea-Tac International Airport.

Police said Heuslein bragged that he could steal the converters in seconds. He told detectives he used a rigid saw and a new blade every time, according to court records.

He also reportedly claimed that he taught his girlfriend how to steal them and bought her her own saw.

On June 10, a car owner allegedly caught Heuslein attempting to steal a catalytic converter beneath his vehicle in the 7600 block of Evergreen Way. The suspect ran through a department store nearby and got away, but his face was caught on surveillance video.

Detectives had been interested in Heuslein in a series of catalytic converter thefts more than a year ago. Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies asked Everett police to hold off because Heuslein was believed to have information that could be used in a homicide investigation.

Heuslein allegedly made statements to an acquaintance that he helped move and bury parts of a north county man who was killed by his wife in 2004, according to court papers.

Michele L. Donohue, 48, was sentenced to prison in July in the fatal stabbing of her husband, Byron Wright, 53. Some time later, her new husband and his two buddies dug up Wright’s body and buried him under a shop floor off Wade Road between Marysville and Arlington.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446;

More in Local News

Shock from WSU suicide ripples through Snohomish County

Roughly 1 in 10 seniors, sophomores and 8th-graders said they had attempted to take their own lives.

New leaders coming to county, state political parties

Hillary Moralez of Bothell takes over as chair for the Snohomish County Democratic Party.

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

$1,000 reward for info on who killed an eagle near Snohomish

After being shot, the raptor was treated at the Sarvey Wildlife Center but died overnight.

Possible bobcat sighting keeps Snohomish students inside

The creature was spotted on the campus of Valley View Middle School around noon.

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is a suspect in the homicide of his roommate. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Stabbing in Everett follows dispute between brothers-in-law

The victim, 54, was hospitalized. The suspect, 29, had not been apprehended Thursday.

Camano Island man gets 18 years for role in drug ring

He was convicted of helping lead a drug distribution network in four Washington counties.

Lake Stevens man missing since beginning of January

Jason Michael Knox White hasn’t used his credit card or withdrawn money from his bank since then.

Most Read