MOORHEAD — Two women face felony charges in Clay County District Court stemming from their arrest on suspicion of stealing a catalytic converter in Moorhead.

According to court documents:

Moorhead police were called to 18th Street South on Tuesday, Aug. 3, on a report of people suspected of cutting parts off a vehicle.

While driving to the area, officers observed a vehicle leaving the area and shortly afterward made a traffic stop.

A male in the vehicle was identified as having outstanding warrants and was taken to the Clay County Jail.

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Two women in the vehicle, identified in court documents as Nicole L. McAloney, 39, of Fargo, and Melissa A. Desjarlait, 37, of Moorhead, were questioned by police and released from the scene, though officers observed that the vehicle contained reciprocating saws and that Desjarlait had grass stains on her pants and clothes.

Nicole L. McAloney, left, and Melissa A. Desjarlait, right.
Nicole L. McAloney, left, and Melissa A. Desjarlait, right.

Upon arriving at the original scene, police found a pickup truck that had parts of its exhaust system cut off and it appeared the catalytic converter was missing.

Officers returned to the area where the vehicle was stopped and found McAloney and Desjarlait in an apartment building.

The two women were then taken into custody, according to court documents.

As she was being transported to jail, McAloney told police she only held a flashlight while Desjarlait cut away items under the vehicle, court documents stated.

Each faces one count of theft and one count of first-degree damage to property.