Special News 10 May 2021



On 9 May 2021 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received a call reporting a male subject was observed under a vehicle at Pioneer Collision, 1310 Pike Street, Marietta.  It was reported that he appeared to be removing the catalytic converter.

Deputy Young arrived on scene and observed a male, later identified as Deane Allen Beck Jr., running towards the Ohio River from Pioneer Collision’s parking lot.  Beck was carrying a black backpack and two catalytic converters.

Deputy Young pursued Beck on foot and found him laying over an embankment behind Pioneer Collision.  Beck was ordered to show his hands, in which he did not.  Beck then entered the water leaving the catalytic converters behind, and began to swim away from Deputy Young.  Beck was again instructed to stop and he continued to swim away. As Beck was swimming he removed his backpack and left it in the water near the embankment.

Reno Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene and arrived with a small boat.  Responders and Officers entered the water to pursue Beck.  After a short search Beck was located hiding in some weeds, still in the water.  Beck was given multiple commands to surrender but he continued to swim away in an attempt to elude law enforcement.  Eventually Beck complied with the orders and swam toward the boat where he was taken into custody.

Beck was questioned and asked which vehicles he had removed the catalytic converters from with him stating he removed them from the white Acura and the black Ford.  Vehicles matching these descriptions were found on Pioneer Collisions lot and both had the catalytic converters cut off.

Beck’s backpack was recovered from the water and a reciprocating saw and angle grinder were found inside.

Deane Allen Beck Jr., age 41, 105 Melody Lane, Marietta, OH, was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail for F3 tampering with evidence, 2 counts of M1 theft, two counts M1 possessing criminal tools and M2 resisting arrest.

Beck appeared in Marietta Municipal Court and is behind held on $3750 bond.