Police say a man with a lengthy criminal history was the one who was killed while apparently trying to steal the catalytic converter off a car in west Springfield. The owner of Rooster's Paint and Speed Shop, 1727 College Street, found the body of Vincent Marco, 42, on Monday morning about 8:15.
Marco was using a scissor jack that gave way, crushing him under the car sometime during the weekend. People steal catalytic converters because they have valuable metals in them that they can sell to metal recyclers.
Marco was on parole, after serving prison time on a variety of offenses, including assault, forgery, drugs, tampering with vehicles, tampering with utility services, property damage, unlawful use of a weapon, and driving with a revoked or suspended license.
Online court records show Marco lived and worked in various places over the years, including Billings, Springfield, Ash Grove, Hartville, Republic, and Lebanon. Most recently, he was under the supervision of a state probation and parole officer in West Plains.